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Scan4you – A VirusTotal Malware Developer Sentenced for Jail for 14 Years

Scan4you - A VirusTotal Malware Developer Sentenced for Jail for 14 Years
Scan4you – A VirusTotal Malware Developer Sentenced for Jail for 14 Years. VirusTotal malware like malware scanning service “Scan4You is developed to analyze suspicious URLs and files to detect any type of malware and share them with security community. This sounds very nice however, its developer Ruslans Bondars has been sentenced for jail for 14 years.


On May 16, 2018, Ruslans Bondars a Latvian hacker has been found guilty for a co-conspirator has revealed that he had worked with the Russian law enforcement agency. A Latvian or described as a former citizen of USSR, Bondar, 37 years old, is the developer of Scan4You – a multi-online search engine antivirus service which gives hackers the ability to run their codes by several antiviruses programs to find out if the computer virus they will use will be flagged during routine-security scans and launch them for their malware campaign.

Unlike legal virus scanning services that share data of uploaded files with various antivirus firms, Scan4You informs its users or give users false believe that they can upload files anonymously and not share data information about these uploaded files to the antivirus community.

Bondars and a culprit have been found out to have been operating Scan4You since 2009 until 2016. They are also helping other hackers to test and improve their malware system to inflict hundreds of million dollars of losses on American consumers and firms.

Jurijs Martisevs, Bondars parter was also arrested while traveling to Riga Latvia and deported to the United States and pleaded guilty for same charge back in March 2018. According to the press release by the Justice Department, customers of Scan4You used this service to steal millions of credit card payments from retail stores not just in the United States but across the world up to some $20 billion losses.

It has been found out that hackers use Scan4You to test their malware to steal approximately 30-40 million debit and credit card numbers and other personal data from retail stores in the United States alone leading to more than $292 million losses. Scan4You was also used by another user to develop Citadel, a malware that is widely used to infect more than 11 million computers across the globe. In an estimate, it caused over $292 million losses in the US only.

“Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said that Ruslans Bondars helped malware developers and hackers to attack American businesses” The Department of Justice and other law enforcement partners did not made distinctions between Scan4You and hackers they help, and they will hold them accountable for all the losses they caused to American businesses and will work tirelessly to made sure justice is served wherever they are maybe.

Bondars has been convicted for three counts including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as computer intrusion with intention of causing damage. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Bondar was not charged with direct involvement in hacking but the US court documents prove that he used malware to steal from online users and trick them to buy his antivirus services they don’t need. Prosecutors also said that Scan4You has inspired many copycats and resulted to same services readily available in the internet.

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UK Fines Facebook over Cambridge Analytica Scandal


UK Fines Facebook over Cambridge Analytica Scandal. The UK has hit Facebook a fine of $645,000 for the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. It was revealed earlier this year that they had harvested the personal data of millions of profiles without the user’s consent and used it for political purposes. It is estimated that 87 million users were affected.


The fine has been enforced by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and was calculated using a pre-GDPR formula for data breach fines. Using the UK’s old Data Protection Act to fine Facebook, rather than GDPR they can only give a maximum penalty of £500,000, which is equal to what the social media giant earns every 18 minutes.


GDPR rules dictate a maximum fine of 4% of annual global turnover, which would be $1.6 billion. Unfortunately the the GDPR regulation wasn’t in place when the Cambridge Analytica story broke, coming into force in May 2018.


The UK investigation concluded that Facebook’s APIs had been allowing developers access to users information without them providing proper consent, for a long period of time between 2007 and 2014. Once they realized this loophole existed and patched it up, they did nothing to investigate the data compromised or ensure it was deleted.


[FACEBOOK] should have known better and it should have done better… We considered these contraventions to be so serious we imposed the maximum penalty under the previous legislation. The fine would inevitably have been significantly higher under the GDPR

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement


Facebook has said they are reviewing the ICO’s findings and stated they “respectfully disagree” with some of the report, but admit they should have done more to protect users data. They also added that they found no evidence that British users profile information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Libssh Security Flaw leaves thousands of servers vulnerable to hijacking

Libssh Security Flaw leaves thousands of servers vulnerable to hijacking

Libssh Security Flaw leaves thousands of servers vulnerable to hijacking. A security flaw in libssh leaves thousands, and potentially more, servers vulnerable to an attack. Libssh is a multiplatform C library which allows users to remotely execute programs, transfer files, manage public keys and use a secure and transparent tunnel.


The security flaw, discovered by Peter Winter-Smith from NCC Group, allows a hacker to bypass the authentication process on the servers and gain access to the system without having to enter a password.


An attacker can do this by sending the SSH server “SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_SUCCESS” message instead of the “SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_REQUEST” message that a server usually expects and which libssh uses as a sign that an authentication procedure needs to initiate.


The libssh system will treat this message to mean the authentication has already taken place and allow the attacker access to the server. The flaw (CVE-2018-10933) was released in January 2014 in release 0.6.0.


It’s estimated that the vulnerability currently affects at least 3000 servers, however this is based on a small search and the scale of the problem is not yet known. There were concerns that the popular version control site for developers to work collaboratively on projects, GitHub, was affected but they have released a statement denying this. Github claims the way they use libssh means they are not vulnerable to this exploit.


“We use a custom version of libssh; SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_SUCCESS with the libssh server is not relied upon for pubkey-based auth, which is what we use the library for,”

a GitHub security official said on twitter


The security flaw is only on the server side, meaning users who have a libssh based SSH client installed on their computer will be safe from potential attackers looking to exploit this vulnerability.


While there are currently no public exploits available for the vulnerability, they are easy to put together so these are likely to pop up online in the coming days and weeks.

The team at libssh released versions 0.8.4 and 0.7.6 yesterday to handle this bug.


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Ad Clicker Disguised as a Google Photos App has been Hosted on Microsoft Store.

Ad Clicker Disguised as a Google Photos App has been Hosted on Microsoft Store

Ad Clicker Disguised as a Google Photos App has been Hosted on Microsoft Store.


A malicious app called “Album by Google Photos” was found to be hosted on the Microsoft store. The app was pretending to be part of Google Photos, but was in fact an ad clicker that generates hidden adverts within the Windows 10 Operating System.


The ad clicker app seemed credible to users because of its name, and also the fact it claimed to be created by Google LLC, Google’s actual Microsoft store account is Google Inc, but it looks unsuspecting to users. Microsoft came under some criticism for not realising the app was actually malicious software since the user reviews did highlight that the app was fake, with plenty of 1* reviews. One review states “ My paid Anti-malware solution detected several attempts to download malware by this app. Watch out”. The App was first released on the Microsoft store in May.


What did the application do?


The “Album by Google Photos” app is a Progressive Web Application (PWA), which acts as the front end for Google Photos and includes a legitimate login screen. Hidden in the app bundle is also an ad clicker which runs in the background and generates income for the app developers.


The app connects to ad URLS, and the ads were very similar to what users would see from typical adware, including tech support scams, random chrome extensions, fake flash and java installs and general low-quality sites.


Microsoft haven’t commented how this app managed to pass the Microsoft review process before ending up on the store.  This is somewhat concerning since it could mean other malicious apps of a similar nature have flown under the radar and are still infecting user’s computers. We are waiting for Microsoft to comment on the issue.

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