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Scammers Register 7,500 "Jackson" Domains

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31634088/ns/technology_and_science-security/

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Minutes after any big celebrity dies, Internet swindlers get
    to work. They pump out specially created spam e-mails and throw up malicious Web sites to infect victims' computers, hoping to capitalize on the sudden high
    demand for information.

    Michael Jackson's death was no different, and security experts say the fraud
    artists are just getting started.

    The scams started cropping up almost instantaneously as Jackson's death was
    still hitting the news. As days have gone by, they've gotten more sophisticated
    and dangerous.

    Jackson's death "took a lot of people by surprise, the spammers, too," said
    Dermot Harnett, principal analyst for anti-spam engineering at Symantec Corp., a security software maker. "It might take them some time to really pounce on this issue. They are catching up pretty quickly, though."

    Any major world event, such as the recent protests in Iran, triggers a barrage
    of Internet attacks. Security experts say the malicious traffic associated with
    Jackson's death will likely match and perhaps exceed those of other big spamming campaigns, such as those connected with the swine flu outbreak and Saddam Hussein's execution.

    Spam is the most common way for fraudsters to find victims after these types of events. They can use a shotgun approach with a boilerplate message about
    Jackson, taking advantage of people's interests in the topic to improve their
    batting average over their usual spam campaigns.

    By enticing users with such messages and tricking them into clicking on e-mail
    attachments, scammers can easily infect victims' computers and take command of them for more nefarious activities.

    The spam about Jackson's death gets more convincing every day.

    One message promises a YouTube video showing the exclusive "last work of Michael Jackson." Instead, victims get a malicious program that steals their passwords.

    Another promises to show the "latest unpublished photos" of Jackson if you click
    on a link one that also tries to install a password-stealing program on your
    machine.

    Others purport to be from legitimate news outlets and may contain accurate
    enough information to convince viewers they're real enough to click on. Others
    promise access to secret songs.

    A gold mine for criminals
    The effects of specific spam campaigns, like the one surrounding Jackson's
    death, are hard to quantify, though. Spam levels are already so high that there
    might not be a noticeable increase in overall spam levels, Harnett said. By some estimates, spam accounts for more than 90 percent of all e-mail sent around the world, though the bulk of the messages get filtered out before ever reaching the user.

    Celebrity deaths are a gold mine for criminals because lots of people go online
    looking for news. Google Inc. says the spike in searches for news stories about
    Jackson's death was so sharp the company initially mistook it for an automated
    attack.

    Many of the information-seekers can be tricked, via e-mail, into visiting
    malicious Web sites. That opens the door to all kinds of nastiness, like spying
    on what someone's typing or using the hijacked machine to send spam.

    There are also so many more Web sites about celebrities after their deaths that
    it's hard to figure out which ones are legitimate fan sites, and which ones were
    created by criminals.

    Registrations of domain names related to Jackson have spiked since the pop icon died Thursday afternoon. A leading registration company, GoDaddy.com, said it registered about 7,500 such names since then. Actress Farrah Fawcett, who died
    the same day, got about 100 domains in the same period. GoDaddy said, however,
    that it had yet to get any complaints that any of those addresses were used for
    scams.

    Within minutes of Jackson's death hitting the news, scammers started sending out
    spam e-mails with links purportedly to provocative news stories or videos about
    Jackson. The news stories, of course, never appear. Instead, people who click on
    those links are often directed to sites that try to install viruses.

    Another thing to remember: It's not wise even to just "check out" a link you're
    interested in if you suspect the site might be bogus. Sometimes just visiting a
    malicious Web site is enough to get you infected, and you don't need to actively
    download anything at all.

    Many scams do ask people to download a video player or other piece of software
    supposedly so they can see the video or hear the audio that winds up being a
    piece of malicious software.

    The lesson for users is, as always, avoid unsolicited links from senders you
    don't know, and don't install any programs that an unknown site is telling you
    need.
     
  2. ForeverNever

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    Damnit if they only knew most of us aren't actually scamming. There's like 2 douchebags that do all the scamming the rest of us are not going to hurt anyone who clicks any of our links.
     
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  3. Chapati

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    The anti-spam activists that are journalists know what they're doing.
     
  4. ForeverNever

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    Maybe. But they're not going to accomplish anything.
     
  5. hwolfpack6

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    I'm one of the 7500 "scammers"!
     
  6. enrikole

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    considering the amount of threads we had here about his domains I would say we bought about 7499 of those :(
     
  7. ForeverNever

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    Who steals passwords anyway? I don't feel like getting raped in jail.
     
  8. tymillz

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    @ Scarlett Pimp. I nominate you for the job of BHW news reporter.
     
  9. ForeverNever

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    He already is. He's been posting news stories in the lounge for over a year!

    When I want my news I think "CNN or Scarlet Pimp?"
     
  10. tonlilaz

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    i don't like how they lump everybody as being 'scammers'

    if that's the case, the major networks and news outlets are just as big of scammers since they are making $$$$ out of jackson's death tooo....
     
  11. The Scarlet Pimp

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    :D when i see something that may be of interest, i post it. helps keep the room going.:p
     
  12. soulchief

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    lol @ clueless news reporters :/
     
  13. TheInternetHustler

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    Label all of us as spammers? Fuck you MSNBC because I bought domains and I don't push key loggers... Most of the crap spammers get you to download is nasty just adware, not key loggers.
     
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  14. Whisker

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    The difference is that news/networks use a shroud of branding and appearance of legitimacy when in fact they may not be; the formula to almost everything conducting shady business. The FEDERAL reserve is privately held, not government sanctioned, but most citizens probably just assume it is by the name hence taking some of the questions and heat away from it.

    I don't think it is a scam to make money when someone dies. Are art dealers scammers because they sell out the rest of their inventory of a recently deceased artist? When famous artists die consumers buy merch like crazy it's just business, and people working in the news industry should know all about this they rely on reporting death with a smile in order to feed their families.
     
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  15. heiny

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    News sells when you drag in the innocents with the criminals. You just make the headline bigger so even if you don't do this, your website is part of this BS story. Sucks, but that's the reality.
     
  16. CSalt2

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    I'm the scary spamm/ccer(did you notice how they sort of combined the two?) that lives next door and eats all your cookies when your not lookinG!