Malicious actors set up an entire online repository of malicious, credit card skimmer-laden favicons to lure in companies looking for a graphic to appear their browser tab.
Favicons are a branding graphic, also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, tab icon, URL icon or bookmark icon. And while they are normally benign, a cybergang managed to build a rather elaborate scheme that utilized them to skim credit card information, reported Malwarebytes’ Senior Analyst Jerome Segura.
The threat actors created the site myicons[.]net and loaded it with the graphics. The site was registered about one week ago and is hosted on a server known for its malicious activities. To top it off the graphics themselves had been stolen from another site.
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