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Exploit Kits: Winter 2017 Review

We take another look at the current EK scene by going over RIG, Sundown, Neutrino and Magnitude.

A few months have passed since our Fall 2016 review of the most common exploit kits in our telemetry and honeypots.  Since then, there haven’t been any major changes. Exploit kit-related infections remain low compared to those via malicious spam. This is in part due to the lack of fresh and reliable exploits in today’s drive-by landscape.

Pseudo-Darkleech and EITest are the most popular redirection campaigns from compromised websites. They refer to code that is injected into – for the most part – WordPress, Joomla and Drupal websites, and automatically redirects visitors to an exploit kit landing page.

Malvertising campaigns keep fueling redirections to exploit kits as well, but can greatly vary in size and impact. The daily malverts from shady ad networks continue unchanged, while the larger attacks going after top ad networks and publishers come in waves.

In the following video, we do a quick overview of those exploit kits; if you are interested in the more technical details please visit Malwarebytes Labs for additional information on each of them.

About the Author(s)

Jerome Segura, Lead Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes

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Jérôme Segura is a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes Labs where his duties range fromstudying web exploits to tracking down online scammers. He spent over five years cleaning malware offpersonal computers using existing tools and writing his own signatures. At the same time, he developed his own system for catching drive-by downloads, which eventually led to a URL blacklist service. In more recent years, he assisted website owners by removing malware from their WordPress or Joomla sites as well as securing their servers from further infections. He is a regular contributor to Malwarebytes Unpacked, the company's security blog.

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