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(Image: Brad Pict via Adobe Stock)
(Image: Brad Pict via Adobe Stock)

Bad BOGO Crime Kit Deals

Flash forward to 2015, when an exploit for a new Flash flaw was packaged with a notorious crimeware kit. Specifically, a researcher discovered "one version of Angler EK sending three different attacks targeting Flash Player, one of which is a zero-day."

In other words, Flash was integrated into the Angler Exploit Kit to add scale to attacks via advertisements on high-traffic websites. According to Malwarebytes, the Kit "installed botnet malware for Bedep, a botnet that is able to load multiple payloads onto victim machines."

Definitely the worst BOGO deal ever. Buy one product, get one attack to go … and another … and another …

A prolific writer and analyst, Pam Baker's published work appears in many leading publications. She's also the author of several books, the most recent of which is "Data Divination: Big Data Strategies." Baker is also a popular speaker at technology conferences and a member ... View Full Bio
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