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Use of Web Anonymizers to Hide Illegal Online Activity on the Rise

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The recent crackdown on well-known Torrent services, aided by Internet Service Providers, has led to the increasing use of anonymizers. As the name implies, anonymizers allow for anonymous web browsing and are used by end users to bypass restrictions or blocks to web content. Anonymizers are proxy services, or “proxies,” that receive and execute web requests on behalf of the user, making online activity untraceable. It is the untraceable aspect of anonymizers that has caught the attention of the underground community.

The 2011 Facebook Spam Campaign

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes Online advertising spending in the U.S. is on the rise. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, companies that sold online advertising reportedly surpassed $7 billion in revenue.1 Unfortunately, social engineering scams on Facebook also continue to thrive.2 How are the two related? Unsolicited Facebook spam in the form of status updates is actively infiltrating the social networking giant and aimed at tricking users into visiting websites ridden with survey scams and pop-up advertising, as is the case in the following analysis of a real-world example. This trend will continue to degrade the credibility of the online advertising industry and could possibly taint the images of the brands that these spam campaigns are targeting.

Poisoned search results – Super Bowl

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes The Super Bowl is the one of the biggest and most watched television events of the year in the United States. People everywhere scour the internet looking for predictions, gambling spreads and news before the event and scores, stories and clips after the event.  In anticipation of the increased search traffic for Super Bowl related terms, cybercriminals have shown themselves to be well-organized and planning ahead.  Search results for Super Bowl related search terms are already turning up top-ten results linked to malicious websites.

New Rash of Fraud Sites Touting Cheap Software

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes zvelo is researching a widespread and dangerous ring of fraudulent “OEM Software” distribution sites. These sites offer popular software from Microsoft, Adobe, and many other vendors at a greatly reduced price. Not only do they not deliver installable software, they collect sensitive information from individuals, including credit card numbers.