SANS: Different strokes for different folks, spyware and browsers
One of our readers, Chris, sent us a URL to an interesting site. The site in question tries to install some spyware on the users' machine. This in itself is not interesting, but some "more advanced" features that we've seen deployed on this site are.
The site creators first setup a wildcard DNS entry for their domain, so anything prefixed to their domain name will go to their web server. They needed to do this so they can try to poison Google rates and enhance their page rankings when users are searching for potential keywords. In Chris' case, he was looking for information about one higher education institution (the attack is not limited to higher education institutions; we've seen a lot of other "poison" attempts from this group). SANS - Internet Storm Center - Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System
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