WaterHole Attacks – Compromised Websites

Instances of large-scale compromises of both private industry and public institutions in 2013 prompted a flurry of activity among security researchers to identify emerging and established threats. Commonly identified as Advance Persistent Threats (APTs), this phenomenon is expected to continue well into the foreseeable future. Fundamental to the spread of these threats is one of their foremost methods of propagation – a water hole attack.

Most Common Malicious Websites in Q3 of 2012

zveloLABS® has reported statistics and trends about the most visited types of malicious URLs by the international end users of zvelo’s technology partners. These OEM Partners include well over 100 of the world’s leading service providers, UTM and gateway appliance vendors, web filtering and parental controls solutions software makers, online advertising and brand safety technology providers, web analytics firms and many more. The data sample was extracted from actual URLs queried to and contextually categorized by the zveloNET® cloud systems during Q3 of 2012, and numbered in the tens of millions, yet far from the billions of non-malicious queries seen daily. The findings, statistics and trends shed new light on the seriousness, frequency, and negative consequences of compromised (hacked) websites hosted worldwide, and more importantly, accentuates the importance of adequate web filtering and network security.

 

Google Users Targeted By New Malicious Websites

zveloLABS™ has been tracking compromised sites that host PageRank Bombs since 2008.  The attacker hacks a site, but instead of putting exploits on the hacked site, they put links to other websites in order to boost the search result ranking on various search engines.  Initially this was being used for ad sites, porn sites, and pharma fraud sites.  Now, however, it is being used to boost the results of malicious sites, but with a new twist that targets Google users.