The allure of watching a new release for free or streaming a season of your favorite show that is unavailable on any of the major streaming platforms might lead you to one of the many sketchy Torrent or streaming video sites out there on the web.
And, you wouldn’t be alone. These sites attract visitors like moths to a flame. And, just like those moths, some of these visitors are going to get burned according to a recent analysis by Konsultek partner Malwarebytes.
The flow, as shown below begins with aggressive advertising on video sharing and torrent sites and then proceeds with the Fallout exploit kit and a new innovative piece of malware now known as Vidar.
Vidar – Silent but Slick
Vidar, now for sale for just $700, is named after the Norse son of Odin who is referred to as the “The Silent One”.
According to Malwarebytes this moniker “seems to be fitting for this stealer that can loot from browser histories (including Tor Browser) and cryptocurrency wallets, capture instant messages, and much more.”
Malvertising Packs 1-2 Punch
In this latest Malvertising scheme the end-user victim ultimately not only has their vital information stolen, but also has their files held ransom after the fact. A combination punch that Floyd Mayweather himself would appreciate.
Konsultek Has You Covered
While common sense and good Internet hygiene will go a long way to keeping your files and information safe, Konsultek and their partners like Malwarebytes are constantly researching, analyzing and defending so that our clients are safe and secure.
In the case of this latest Malvertising campaign Malwarebytes users are protected against this threat at multiple levels. Malwarebytes signatureless anti-exploit engine mitigates the Internet Explorer and Flash Player exploits delivered by the Fallout exploit kit. The Vidar stealer is detected as Spyware. And GandCrab is thwarted via their anti-ransomware module.
So while you should avoid bad neighborhoods as a matter of practice, it’s good to know that Konsultek has your back if you should happen to stray into one.