Threat Management

Traffers in cybercrime examined

Threat actors involved in network traffic redirection to malicious sites hosting malware, also known as traffers, have been crucial in the cybercrime economy despite their discreetness, according to TechRepublic. More highly skilled and new cybercriminals have been working in traffer groups to facilitate website compromise and redirect users to malware-laden sites, a Sekoia report revealed. Five to 22 new traffer teams have been created monthly so far in 2022 based on figures from the "lolz Guru" underground forum. Moreover, traffer teams, which usually include team administrators, have been observed to either combine with other teams or restart operations. Researchers also found that traffers have been leveraging their dedicated malware delivery chains, with usage of websites spoofing software installation pages or blogs being a prevalent delivery method. However, most have been abusing the "911" approach, which pertains to malware link delivery through stolen YouTube accounts. Such accounts have been used to upload videos luring potential victims into downloading and executing a file while deactivating Windows Defender, they added.

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