Build-A-Scam: prepare for kopycat attacks ????

Nov 27 2023

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Welcome to Gone Phishing, your cybersecurity newsletter that wishes cybercriminals hibernated for the winter ????????????

Today’s hottest cybersecurity news

  • ???? ‘Telekopye’ Telegram bot crafts phishing attacks en masse ????

  • ????‍♂️ Hamas uses Rust-powered ‘SysJoker’ backdoor on Israel ✡️

  • ???? Introducing Rug Pull schemes: one crypto investor lost $1m ????

Build-A-Scam: prepare for kopycat attacks ????


???? Beware of Telekopye: Unveiling a Malicious Telegram Bot! ????

???? New Threat Alert! Security experts have uncovered Telekopye, a sinister Telegram bot used by a group dubbed “Neanderthals” for large-scale phishing scams. ????????

???? How it Works: Telekopye crafts phishing websites, emails, SMS messages, and more, with Neanderthals running a criminal enterprise under the guise of a legitimate company. They recruit aspiring Neanderthals through underground forums, utilising Telegram channels for communication.

???? Neanderthal Roles: The Neanderthal operation employs a hierarchical structure with different members handling various roles. Their ultimate goal is to execute scams categorised as sellers, buyers, or refunds.

????️‍♂️ Scam Tactics: Neanderthals, posing as sellers or buyers, trick victims into purchasing non-existent items or divulging financial details. Refund scams involve duping victims a second time under the pretext of offering refunds.

???? Illicit Profits: Telekopye, also known as Classiscam, has reportedly earned criminal actors $64.5 million since 2019, according to cybersecurity firm Group-IB.

???? Stay Vigilant: Neanderthals use web scrapers, VPNs, proxies, and TOR to stay anonymous. They even delve into real estate scams, creating bogus apartment listings to deceive victims.

???? Protect Yourself: Be cautious of suspicious transactions, verify details, and report any unusual activity. Stay informed to avoid falling prey to these evolving cyber threats.

????‍???? Stay Cyber Smart! Your safety is our priority. Share this information with friends and family to create awareness about the Telekopye threat. ????????️


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Hamas be some kinda way outta here, said SysJoker to Israel ????


???? SysJoker Alert: New Threat in Cyber Warfare! ????

Cybersecurity experts have uncovered a Rust version of the cross-platform backdoor SysJoker, linked to a Hamas-affiliated threat actor targeting Israel amid regional tensions. ????????

???? Notable Changes: The malware’s shift to Rust language suggests a complete rewrite, maintaining similar functionalities. The threat actor transitioned from Google Drive to OneDrive for storing dynamic command-and-control server URLs.

???? Cross-Platform Threat: SysJoker, documented by Intezer in January 2022, is a cross-platform backdoor capable of system info gathering and remote command execution, affecting major platforms.

???? Evolutionary Tactics: The Rust variant employs random sleep intervals to evade sandboxes. Using OneDrive allows attackers to easily change the command-and-control address, maintaining consistency across different versions.

???? Connection Strategy: After establishing contact with the server, SysJoker awaits additional payloads for execution on compromised hosts.

???? Complex Windows Samples: Check Point discovered two intricate SysJoker samples for Windows, one utilising a multi-stage execution process.

???? Possible Attribution: While SysJoker hasn’t been formerly attributed, evidence suggests overlaps with malware used in Operation Electric Powder, linked to a Hamas-affiliated threat actor named Molerats.

???? Stay Informed: Stay vigilant against evolving cyber threats. Share with your network to raise awareness! ????????️

???? Catch of the Day!! ????????????

???? The Motley Fool: “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” Good ol’ George Dubya ???? Let us tell who’s not fooling around though; that’s the Crüe ???? at Motley Fool. You’d be a fool (alright, enough already! ????) not to check out their Share Tips from time to time so your savings can one day emerge from their cocoon as a beautiful butterfly! ???? Kidding aside, if you check out their website they’ve actually got a ton of great content with a wide variety of different investment ideas to suit most budgets ???? (LINK)

???? Wander: Find your happy place. Cue Happy Gilmore flashback ????️⛳????????️ Mmmm Happy Place… ???? So, we’ve noticed a lot of you guys are interested in travel. As are we! We stumbled upon this cool company that offers a range of breath-taking spots around the United States and, honestly, the website alone is worth a gander. When all you see about the Land of the free and the home of the brave is news of rioting, looting and school shootings, it’s easy to forget how beautiful some parts of it are. The awe-inspiring locations along with the innovative architecture of the hotels sets Wander apart from your run of the mill American getaway ????️???? (LINK)

???? Digital Ocean: If you build it they will come. Nope, we’re not talking about a baseball field for ghosts ???????? (Great movie, to be fair ????). This is the Digital Ocean who’ve got a really cool platform for building and hosting pretty much anything you can think of. If you check out their website you’ll find yourself catching the buzz even if you can’t code (guilty ????). But if you can and you’re looking for somewhere to test things out or launch something new or simply enhance what you’ve got, we’d recommend checking out their services fo’ sho ???? And how can you not love their slogan: Dream it. Build it. Grow it. Right on, brother! ???? (LINK)

Hackers: Alright, let’s Pull the Rug ???? It’s the new pump’n’dump ????


???? Alert: Rug Pull Scam Strikes Again! ????

???? Check Point’s Intel Blockchain System Exposes $1M Deception! The relentless threat of Rug Pulls—deceptive tactics causing financial havoc for investors—is back in the spotlight, with Check Point’s Threat Intel Blockchain system uncovering a sophisticated scheme.

???? Scam Details: The identified wallet address, 0x6b140e79db4d9bbd80e5b688f42d1fcf8ef9779, orchestrated a scam involving the creation of counterfeit tokens like GROK 2.0. The scammer injected funds into the token pool, simulating trading activities to attract investors.

???? Illusion of Legitimacy: Simulated trades between WETH cryptocurrency and GROK token created a facade of market activity, luring investors. Once a critical mass was reached, the scammer swiftly pulled liquidity from the token pool, causing substantial losses.

????️‍♂️ Sophisticated Setup: Behind the scenes, two smart contracts played crucial roles in boosting token volume through strategic swaps.

???? Investor Reminder: Check Point emphasises the inherent risks in the crypto market, urging constant vigilance and due diligence. “Understanding scam tactics is crucial for creating a safer crypto environment,” the company stated.

???? Stay Informed and Vigilant: As the crypto landscape evolves, awareness is key. Learn from incidents like these to contribute to a more secure crypto space. ????????️

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