Security experts at AppRiver detected a traffic spam spike linked to a new malware Campaign Targeting customers of Bank of America.
Bank of America is being targeted by a new malicious campaign, cybercriminals are spreading a stealthy malicious financial malware to hit the clients of the financial institution.
Security experts at AppRiver recently detected and blocked a set of virus campaigns that use new and novel tactics designed specifically to beat filtering engines. A common factor of the wave of attacks based on these set of malware is the enormous volumes of traffic being sent to data centers. Analysts at AppRiver revealed that the overall volume of traffic was three times than normal .
This week AppRiver experienced huge spam traffic, estimated to be from 10 to 12 times the normal amount of .
“These spikes have been driven by a tremendous increase in the number of incoming messages being sent with viruses attached.” and some user experienced delays in sending and receiving mail.
“Our data center processed 10 to 12 times the normal amount of our normal traffic. This graph will give you an idea of what we saw:”
The malware campaign was arranged by crooks to spread a banking trojan, dubbed Bredo virus, specifically crafted to target the customers of the Bank of America.
The Bredolabbotnet is known since 2009, the infection is propagated through malicious e-mails that includes malware attachments, in October 2010, the Dutch law enforcement conducted a large operation against the botnet seizing 143 LeaseWeb servers used as command & the control server.
Bredo virus, as many other similar malicious code, includes data stealing capability and also a key-stroking features.
The malware could be used also as downloader because it can also download other malicious payload on the compromised machine.
“The software may also have abilities to further infect a system by downloading more malware on to the machine. “
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.