Posts tagged “Koobface”

Koobface malware gang exposed

Source: Jan Drömer and Dirk Kollberg

On 17 January 2012, The New York Times revealed that Facebook plans to name five men as being involved in the Koobface gang. As a result of the announcement, we have decided to publish the following research, which explains how we uncovered the same names.

Attacker That Sharpened Facebook’s Defenses

The cyber security spotlight is currently on the Koobface worm. Koobface is a malicious software that infects the computers of Facebook users by exploiting the website’s vulnerable social network interactions. The joint Citizen Lab and Sec Dev research group, Information Warfare Monitor, has just published a report on the malware network entitled “Koobface: Inside a Crimeware Network”. Citing the Information Warfare Monitor researchers Rafal Rohozinski, Ron Deibert and Nart Villeneuve, The New York Times discusses the lack of law enforcement protocol required to press charges on malware creators. The article also features what steps Facebook is taking to mitigate the malicious effects of Koobface.

From The New York Times

Tracking Koobface: The untouchable hackers of St. Petersburg

Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski, principal investigators of the Information Warfare Monitor, have co-authored an op-ed in the Globe and Mail. The researchers explore Koobface: a crimeware network that thrives on popular social-networking Web sites such as Facebook. Deibert and Rohozinski discuss the global policy complications of cybercrime.

Koobface: Inside a Crimeware Network

The Information Warfare Monitor (Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and The SecDev Group, Ottawa) announce the release of Koobface: Inside a Crimeware Network by Nart Villeneuve, with a foreword by Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski.

This report documents the inner workings of Koobface—a botnet that spreads by compromising the computers of users of social networking platforms and placing them under the control of the botnet’s operators for the purpose of monetization.