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'Kyle & Stan' Parks Malvertising On Amazon, YouTube
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User Rank: Ninja
9/9/2014 | 8:57:59 PM
Re: "Kyle & Stan" Malvertising
I agree. Social engineering attacks are becoming very effective and quite impactful. Easy to do too.
User Rank: Ninja
9/9/2014 | 8:55:55 PM
Re: "Kyle & Stan" Malvertising
I agree. At the same time the checksum is not really resolving the overall issue. Once system is infected detecting it is actually too late.
User Rank: Ninja
9/9/2014 | 8:53:27 PM
Very sophisticated
Threats are very sophisticated anymore and this is the main reason we continue to see attracts on different systems. We need to look at the security in a new perspective to go beyond what we are doing now: trying to catch up. We need to design systems and applications security in mind and detecting unrecognized piece of code in an automated way before it is too late.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
9/9/2014 | 4:51:03 PM
Re: "Kyle & Stan" Malvertising> draconian?
Maybe not draconian, but defnitely not realistic since advertising is a huge revenue stream. Unlikely websites will take action without some legislation with some teeth.. #notholdingmybreate
User Rank: Apprentice
9/9/2014 | 7:39:41 AM
Re: "Kyle & Stan" Malvertising
Maybe the variants can be detected throught behaviour, that can be unique. The nightmare will occour with the same malware with different checksums and behaviours.
User Rank: Ninja
9/8/2014 | 3:15:15 PM
Re: "Kyle & Stan" Malvertising
I agree, these bad actors are getting quite devious.

My gut feeling is that such activity may end up changing how ISP and web service providers conduct business.  To maintain a good reputation in our every growing and connected community, it may become necessary for the web service vendors to conduct full scope vetting of their advertising and hosting customers before agreeing to provide services.  Included with this effort would be strict requirements for change management and content review to ensure that any links provided by the vendor on a site will not take users to unsafe waters now or in the future.

I know this strict control set sounds draconian to some people, but such actions are a common and usually effective response to misuse of an environment, product, or service.



User Rank: Ninja
9/8/2014 | 2:32:36 PM
"Kyle & Stan" Malvertising
This is both disturbing and clever; disturbing because it uses well known trusted sites, and clever because it uses social engineering, which is known to be a very effective technique. Adding to that, the uniqueness of each infection certainly confounds existing detection mechanisms, and is OS agnostic. Really, I believe that this particular social engineering approach is the wave of the future. As the online community attracts newer and often younger, less savvy users, the potential for spreading rises dramatically. The key to mitigating this type of attack is security awareness training. I have always maintained that effective training should not only emphasize safe corporate computing practices; they should relate those practices to users' personal activities as well. This provides added value to the training itself, enhancing the users' buy-in to the training. If effective, then users quickly realize that they in turn should disseminate the information to their friends, family, etc. for their own personal protection. This could naturally result in a more educated general public.

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