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  1. 1. 2012AVG CommunityPoweredThreat ReportExecutive Summary 0
  2. 2. Executive Summary:Q2 2012 Highlights Key points for Q2 2012 The quarterly AVG Community Powered Threat Report for Q2 2012 was released on 25 July. Social engineering: this quarter saw an uplift in socially engineered attacks which deceive mobile device users into downloading and then enabling malware to run as root. This has the effect of turning a mobile device into a zombie and providing full control over it to the malware author. PC-based malware that was socially engineered was also identified, including an email scam targeting Asian markets and the US, as well as a mass injection SQL attack using celebrity sex videos and fake antivirus to entrap people. Socially engineered attacks are more sophisticated in their approach, making even users who may have been victims in the past likely to fall prey again. Mobile: cybercriminals continued their focus on the Android operating system for smartphones this quarter. Given Android now holds 59 percent of the market share, according to the latest IDC figures, it will increasingly become a lucrative attack vector. Mobile users were tricked into downloading malware which was hidden in seemingly legitimate applications such as ‘Angry Birds Space’. This then allows the hacker to monetize from the infected device as they wish, and to download additional malicious code or connect the device to a botnet. Threat geography: one notable theme in the last three months was the amount of malware originating from China. Email scams and malicious Android applications uploaded to third party application markets were just two of the threats identified. These targeted China and in some cases, neighboring countries including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. 1
  3. 3. Executive Summary:Q2 2012 HighlightsFlame as code is not very Q2 2012 Top Trends and Insightsspecial. It doesn’t appear to from AVG Threat Labshave a very sophisticated Web Risks & Threatspayload or use remarkablespying methods. Sex and fear: two human vulnerabilities cybercriminals are exploiting for cash In the last quarter, AVG security labs prevented more than 3 million incidents related to rogue software. Rogue software (rogueware) is a form of internet fraud using computer malware (malicious software) that deceives or misleads users into paying for fake or simulated removal of malware, but instead introduces malware to the computer. Fake antivirus and rogue security software are now well known, so rogueware creators initiated a SQL mass injection attack that spreads through web pages. The attack uses different tactics depending on the web browser:  Mozilla Firefox: the user is presented with ‘never-before-seen’ celebrity sex videos but when they click on the ‘play’ button, they are told to update their Flash installation in order to see the video. The user will never get to see the video because it’s fake and will only install a Trojan disguised as a Flash update.  Microsoft internet Explorer: a link to a fake antivirus product will pop up, claiming to have identified lots of security threats on the user’s PC. This attack is enabled simply by the user landing on a fake antivirus website where the rogue malware downloads and then ‘installs’ the fake software to purportedly clean it up. The user is then prompted for payment to purchase the fake antivirus, which merely removes the rogue. Flame and Stuxnet: the end of antivirus? From a technical point of view, Stuxnet is a piece of art in the world of malware development. Although it was to be expected that cyber-attacks at some point would be used as discreet weapons, the level of sophistication within Stuxnet was nonetheless impressively high. Flame as code, on the other hand, is not very special. It doesn’t appear to have a very sophisticated payload or use remarkable spying methods. Despite a lot of speculation, it may never be certain who was behind either Flame or Stuxnet; however, it is increasingly becoming clear that the intended victims for both types of attack are not the average consumer. 2
  4. 4. Executive Summary:Q2 2012 HighlightsIt is almost becoming a fact of Some commentators have suggested that Stuxnet and Flame demonstrate that the days of antivirus solutions are numbered.life that malware creators The reality is that traditional signature detection is now just onerelease new malicious code layer of protection within a multi-layered security solution that isfollowing Microsoft Patch being continually developed to keep pace with new trends. With all the spectacular headlines, it is easy to forget that the real riskTuesday. for consumers today mainly comes from Blackhole exploit kits that attack unsuspecting users visiting the sites they trust. The China connection for a critical rated Microsoft vulnerability AVG’s Asian Threat and Research team noticed a higher than usual amount of malware being spammed out to a very specific geography: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and USA. In the past few weeks, we collected more than 25 unique malicious Microsoft Office attachments that were distributed to thousands of users via spammed e-mail messages. The email message text usually contains some recent political news or regional incident. It is almost becoming fact of life that malware creators release new malicious code following Microsoft Patch Tuesday. These malware outbreaks were using the recent vulnerability known as CVE-2012-0158. Windows patches were released in April’s issue 1 of Microsoft’s Security Bulletin MS12-027 .This vulnerability can be triggered by opening a specially crafted document file in one of the affected Microsoft products. Once the document is opened in the host application, it crashes and the malware payload is executed. The Trojan collects sensitive user information such as username and passwords for various website services and applications. It then sends this data to the attacker’s server. Spoof FBI legal action ransomware demands fine for alleged PC misdemeanors In June 2012, AVG found a new ransomware page delivered by the Blackhole exploit kit which claims to be a legal action by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The malware locks up the machine’s Windows operating system, claiming the affected PC has been used to violate copyright laws, view pornographic content, or has been infected with malware and violates a fictional “Neglectful Use of Personal Computer article 210 of the Criminal Code”. It demands a payment of $100 through an untraceable money transfer to unlock the PC. 1 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-027 3
  5. 5. Executive Summary:Q2 2012 HighlightsSince DKFbootkit adds itself to Mobile Risks & Threatspart of the boot sequence, Trigger-happy consumers are the target forit is considered to be the first new Android malwareAndroid bootkit, springing into Following our investigation of mobile as an attack vector in ourlife as soon as the device is Q1 Community Threat Report, AVG has seen continued focus on the Android platform for smartphones, which is now the leadingactivated. This means it will operating system for devices with 59 percent market share,become a serious threat to 2 according to the latest figures from IDC . The malware is spreadAndroid users as it spreads. over the third party application market (and not the official Google Play) in China. The malware, known as ‘DKFbootkit’, masquerades as a fake version of a legitimate application and seeks to damage the Android phone’s Linux kernel code, which in turn gives the malware full control over the device for monetization purposes. Since DKFbootkit adds itself to part of the boot sequence, it is considered to be the first Android bootkit, springing into life as soon as the device is activated, which means it will become a serious threat to Android users as it spreads. Rovio’s ‘Angry Birds Space’ gets a Trojan makeover on Google Play AVG’s Mobilation™ research team identified a Trojan-infected version of the hugely popular Android application Angry Birds Space which was uploaded to unofficial Android application stores. In addition to having a similar name, icon and graphics to the legitimate application, the Trojan is fully functional which fools users who believe it is the real thing and will therefore be less likely to become aware of its sinister activities. Its malicious functionality contains usage of the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access privileges; Command & Control communication whereby the Trojan communicates with the remote server to download and install additional malware onto the smart phone device; botnet functionality; and the modification of files, among other things. Download the full Q2 2012 Community Powered Threat Report at: http://mediacenter.avg.com/en/press-tools/avg- threat-reports/avg-community-powered-threat-report-q2- 2012.html 2 http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/24/idc-q1-2012-world-smartphone- share/ 4
  6. 6. Executive Summary:Q2 2012 Highlights~370,000 mobile threats The AVG Q2 2012 Community Powered Threat Report Top Trendsdetected during Q2 2012. Web Threats Blackhole Exploit Kit The most active threat on the web, 51.07% of detected malware Blackhole The most prevalent exploit toolkit in the wild, accounts for 75.1% of toolkits 58% Exploit toolkits account for 58% of all threat activity on malicious websites 10.82% Of malware are using external hardware devices (e.g. flash drives) as a distribution method (AutoRun) Mobile Threats extend.battery The most popular malicious Android application ~370,000 Threats detected during Q2 2012 Messaging Threats (Spam) United States Is the top spam source country 42.2% Of spam messages originated from the USA, followed by the UK with 8.5% Facebook.com Top domain in spam messages English Is the top language used in spam messages (68.5%) 5
  7. 7. Executive Summary:Q2 2012 HighlightsAbout AVG About the AVG CommunityAVGs mission is to simplify, optimize The AVG Community Protection Network is an onlineand secure the Internet experience, neighborhood watch where community members work toproviding peace of mind to a connected protect each other. Information about the latest threatsworld. AVGs powerful yet easy-to-use is collected from customers who participate in the productsoftware and online services put users improvement program and shared with the communityin control of their Internet experience. to make sure everyone receives the best possible protection.By choosing AVGs software andservices, users become part of a trusted The AVG Community Powered Threat Report is based on theglobal community that benefits from Community Protection Network traffic and data collected frominherent network effects, mutual participating AVG users over a three-month period, followedprotection and support. AVG has grown by analysis by AVG. It provides an overview of web, mobileits user base to 114 million active devices, spam risks and threats. All statistics referenced areusers as of March 31, 2012 and offers obtained from the AVG Community Protection Network.a product portfolio that targets theconsumer and small business markets AVG has focused on building communities that help millionsand includes Internet security, PC of online participants support each other on computer securityperformance optimization, online issues and actively contribute to AVG’s research efforts.backup, mobile security, identityprotection and family safety software. You can read more about the threats featured in this report at: http://blogs.avg.com/news-threats/For more information, please visit:http://mediacenter.avg.com/ 6