Like bank robbers, attackers tend to go where the money is and increasingly that means that they’re going after consumers. In this video, members of the Microsoft anti-malware team discuss the trend toward cybercrime rings employing sophisticated sales and marketing tactics to target consumers, as well as some of the exploit trends from recent months.
A new variant of Citadel malware is making the rounds that are targeting Payza, a money transfer service popular all over the world, especially in developing nations that are under-serviced when it comes to online banking access.
The developers of Reveton have expanded that ransomware’s repertoire with a password stealing functionality, according to Stefan Sellmer at the Microsoft Malware Protection Center.
Microsoft observed a precipitous drop-off in click-traffic on their “extended publishing network,” which they claim reflects a similar drop-off in click-fraud, as a result of the actions they have taken to stymie ZeroAccess, according to Microsoft Malware Protection Center researchers Tommy Blizard and Nikola Livic.