Kaspersky Lab announces publication of The Cash Factory

09 Oct 2009
Virus News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of Internet threat management solutions that protect against all forms of malicious software including viruses, spyware, hackers and spam, announces the publication of its latest article, The Cash Factory. The article looks at the methods used by cyber criminals to create and run botnets in order to generate large profits.

The article is authored by Sergei Golovanov, Senior Malware Analyst, Igor Sumenkov, Head of Kaspersky Lab's Content Filtering Infrastructure Development Group, and Maria Garnayeva, Malware Analyst.

The Cash Factory unveils the cyclical process used to create botnets from computers infected by the bot Backdoor.Win32.Bredolab. First, cyber criminals hack a site's content management system and modify its pages with tags that redirect to websites containing malicious exploits. These exploits pave the way for infection and penetration by other bots, which then join to form a botnet and obey commands issued from a remote command and control centre.

The bots download malicious programs from the Internet, including a Trojan designed to steal passwords from FTP clients, used to manage website content. These passwords can then be used by cyber criminals to modify websites and place malicious tags on their pages.

The process is essentially a vicious circle that can be repeated and extended, and is used by cyber criminals to ensure the smooth running of their Cash Factory.

The full version of The Cash Factory is available at viruslist.com.

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