Golden Cash Botnet-Leasing Network Uncovered

Golden Cash Botnet-Leasing Network Uncovered

Researchers at security firm Finjan said on Wednesday that they have uncovered an underground botnet-leasing network where cyber criminals can pay $5 to $100 to install malware on 1,000 PCs for things like stealing data and sending spam.

The Golden Cash network, dubbed “Your money-making machine” on its home page, sells access to botnets comprised of thousands of compromised PCs to cyber criminals for custom malware spreading jobs, according to issue 2 of the Cybercrime Intelligence Report for 2009.

Here’s how it works: a cyber criminal creates a botnet by hiding malicious code in a legitimate Web site that is used to turn Web surfing PCs into zombies. The code, typically an iFrame, points the PCs to a separate Web site where they are then infected with a Trojan backdoor that reports back to the Golden Cash command and control server.

In order to increase the number of botnets, the Golden Cash server installs an FTP (file transfer protocol) grabber on new zombies to steal credentials used by the computers to run Web sites, giving the server control over additional legitimate Web sites. Approximately 100,000 domains, including corporate domains from around the world, were identified among the stolen FTP credentials under Golden Cash’s control, according to the report.

“This advanced trading platform marks a new milestone in the cybercrime evolution,” Finjan said in a statement.

More technical analysis is available on Finjan’s Malicious Code Research Center blog, including the fact that the command and control server is hosted in Texas, the registrant country is China and the “proxy” Web site that tunnels traffic to the command and control server is hosted in Krasnodar, Russia.

Source: Cnet

Beware of the Golden Cash Botnet – FrugalTech


FBI Warns of ‘Money Mule’ Scams

FBI Warns of ‘Money Mule’ Scams

Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

The job looks pretty good at first blush: “Become our partner and earn $2,000 or more!”

All you have to do is send a résumé with some personal information to a company in Russia. They, in turn, ask you to set up a checking account that soon starts filling with cash. You take the money to Western Union and wire it to your new employer, keeping 5 percent and 10 percent for yourself. Easy money, right?

Except that it’s illegal money laundering, called “money muleing” by the security industry. The incoming checks are fakes, or else the cash is stolen from hacked online bank accounts.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned Wednesday that its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has been receiving “numerous complaints” from people who have become unwitting victims to these work-from-home scams.

“Work-at-home schemes attract otherwise innocent individuals, causing them to become part of criminal schemes without realizing they are engaging in illegal behavior,” the FBI said. The IC3 is run jointly by the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

In other, similar scams, victims may be asked to reship products that have been purchased with stolen credit cards, or to act as “mystery shoppers,” cashing bogus checks and wiring the funds offshore.

Once they’ve handed over their information to scammers, however, the mules often become victims of identity theft themselves, authorities warn.

With a worsening economic situation, scammers may be looking for new ways to take advantage of the growing ranks of the unemployed. McAfee has been tracking these scams for years, and has long seen the scammers reach victims with spam or with ads on job sites. Recently, however, there’s been an uptick in money muleing pitches, which are sent out via spam or phoney job postings, said Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications with McAfee’s Avert Labs.

“I think a lot of people are unwittingly coming across them though job searches through Google,” he said. “We’ve seen a huge growth in this.”

The prevalence of these fake job ads is up 345 percent over the past three years, according to the most recent data from the U.K.’s Association for Payment Clearing Services, which tracks this activity.

The Web sites recruiting the mules have also become slicker and more believable, Marcus said. “I think they’ve upped their professionalism,” he said. “It’s kind of analogous to the way spammers have upped their game professionally.”

Although the Internet Crime Complaint Center, which acts as a clearinghouse for data on cybercrime, hasn’t spotted a statistical uptick in Internet crime linked to the global recession, it’s seen anecdotal evidence of this happening, said IC3 spokesman Craig Butterworth. “Whenever there is a downturn in the economy, it exposes certain vulnerabilities in our society.”

Source: PC World – Business Center

FBI Warns of 'Money Mule' Scams

FBI Warns of ‘Money Mule’ Scams

Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

The job looks pretty good at first blush: “Become our partner and earn $2,000 or more!”

All you have to do is send a résumé with some personal information to a company in Russia. They, in turn, ask you to set up a checking account that soon starts filling with cash. You take the money to Western Union and wire it to your new employer, keeping 5 percent and 10 percent for yourself. Easy money, right?

Except that it’s illegal money laundering, called “money muleing” by the security industry. The incoming checks are fakes, or else the cash is stolen from hacked online bank accounts.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned Wednesday that its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has been receiving “numerous complaints” from people who have become unwitting victims to these work-from-home scams.

“Work-at-home schemes attract otherwise innocent individuals, causing them to become part of criminal schemes without realizing they are engaging in illegal behavior,” the FBI said. The IC3 is run jointly by the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

In other, similar scams, victims may be asked to reship products that have been purchased with stolen credit cards, or to act as “mystery shoppers,” cashing bogus checks and wiring the funds offshore.

Once they’ve handed over their information to scammers, however, the mules often become victims of identity theft themselves, authorities warn.

With a worsening economic situation, scammers may be looking for new ways to take advantage of the growing ranks of the unemployed. McAfee has been tracking these scams for years, and has long seen the scammers reach victims with spam or with ads on job sites. Recently, however, there’s been an uptick in money muleing pitches, which are sent out via spam or phoney job postings, said Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications with McAfee’s Avert Labs.

“I think a lot of people are unwittingly coming across them though job searches through Google,” he said. “We’ve seen a huge growth in this.”

The prevalence of these fake job ads is up 345 percent over the past three years, according to the most recent data from the U.K.’s Association for Payment Clearing Services, which tracks this activity.

The Web sites recruiting the mules have also become slicker and more believable, Marcus said. “I think they’ve upped their professionalism,” he said. “It’s kind of analogous to the way spammers have upped their game professionally.”

Although the Internet Crime Complaint Center, which acts as a clearinghouse for data on cybercrime, hasn’t spotted a statistical uptick in Internet crime linked to the global recession, it’s seen anecdotal evidence of this happening, said IC3 spokesman Craig Butterworth. “Whenever there is a downturn in the economy, it exposes certain vulnerabilities in our society.”

Source: PC World – Business Center

Warehouse Worker: Apple Staffing, Inc.

Defrawi does have a history, a felony fraud conviction for a federal jobs scam in the 1990’s where he took advance fees for non-existant jobs.

Job offers as such are nothing more than a marketing ploy or deceptive marketing practices by non other than Mr. Alex Difrawi aka Alec Difrawi aka Ayman A. Difrawy aka Ayman A. El-Difrawi aka Alex Simon dba Three Stars Media dba 3Starsinc dba Three Stars Inc dba Internet Solutions Corporation and his many aliases. Mr. Difrawi goal is to get you to sign up for continuing education. He should say outright what it is he’s peddling.

An Example of What ScamFraudAlert seek from Mr. Difrawi – Good Business Practices

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WFTV.COM – CHANNEL 9 Reporting on Alec Difrawi & Three Stars Inc.

Channel9 Reporting three years ago. Notice the website names have changed

Company Name Apple Staffing, Inc.
Job Category Construction/Facilities; Manufacturing/Operations
Location Dallas, TX • Atlanta, GA
Position Type Full-Time, Employee
Salary Starting at $16 per hour
Experience 0-1 Years Experience
Desired Education Level High School
Date Posted June 19, 2009

Brand new distribution center seeking a dedicated and resourceful individual who understands and can thrive in a fast paced distribution environment. We seek self -motivated and competitive people with a dedicated work ethic in sales and service that are willing to multi-task. This person will begin as a route manager, preparing and driving a truck delivering quality product to our customers safely and in a timely manner. Guardian provides a family type atmosphere where teamwork and employee input count, and focuses on treating both employees and customers with professionalism and respect. Hard work is rewarded. We are looking for motivated people who wish to grow with the company. This particular position will be full time work. All shifts are open.
We can offer you top benefits, including:

* $16.00 an hour
* Excellent 401K plan
* Medical and Dental Insurance
* Vision Discount Program
* Paid vacations and holidays
* Attendance bonus
* Opportunity for advancement

Requirements Route Driver Requirements:

* Excellent Customer Service skills to build strong customer relationships
* Quality driven
* Good Communication skills
* Driven to succeed
* Must have a valid driver’s license and proven safe driving record
* Maintain a safe work environment
* No CDL required.

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Finjan Uncovers Cybercrime Network

Finjan Uncovers Cybercrime Network

19/06/2009

A trading platform for hackers and cybercriminals has been uncovered by an IT security firm.

Finjan uncovered Golden Cash, a means for buyers and sellers of infected computers to meet and buy goods from one another.

The system is so sophisticated that there is even a price list for infected computers, with PCs in some Far Eastern countries trading for as little as $5 per 1,000, while Australian machines cost $100 for the same number.

‘An infected machine (or botnet) is no longer a one-time asset for an individual cybercriminal. It has evolved into a digital asset that the cybercriminal can trade online – over and over again,’ the report stated.

‘Each trade results [in] a different ‘owner’, who can decide to install additional malware on the purchased infected machine and then sell it on to others.’

Golden Cash sees hackers act as sellers to cybercriminals, who then use the infected machines for fraudulent activities.

http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.26979