Facebook Messenger phishing attack pumps out 100K+ weekly messages

Updated on: 12 September 2023
Vilius Petkauskas Deputy Editor

Millions of Facebook business accounts worldwide are being targeted with phishing messages, with a success rate of close to one in 70 victims infected, researchers say.

Attackers have been abusing Facebook’s Messenger platform to peddle millions of targeted phishing messages. According to cybersecurity firm Guardio, cybercrooks target highly rated marketplace sellers and, sometimes, large corporations with fake business inquiries.

For example, the fake message will start with a simple “hello” from a fake account. From the victim’s perspective, that’s just another potential customer.

The attackers’ message proceeds to inquire whether a product is still available. The only way to know which ‘product’ the fake client is talking about is to download a file.

This way, criminals try coaxing victims into downloading an RAR or ZIP archive containing a downloader for a Python-based infostealer. Attackers bypass automated scanners by encoding the content.

Legitimate business accounts are a lucrative target for threat actors. Stolen credentials can be quickly sold on forums for criminals who use them to peddle fake ads, malware, and scams.

Guardio researchers claim that while the attack method here is far from novel, the scale of the campaign is worrying. In only 30 days, attackers managed to target a staggering 7% of all Facebook business accounts, with one out of 250 victims downloading the malicious file.

The overall success rate for the campaign appears even higher, with Guardio claiming one in 70 targets have been infected in what it described as a staggering “success rate” for the criminal undertaking.

The precise reason for the discrepancy between these two sets of figures was not made clear by researchers.

“The threat actors hold an army of bots and fake Facebook accounts as well as a listing of millions of business accounts, pages, and managers – sending over 100k phishing messages a week to Facebook users around the world,” researchers claim.

By following the breadcrumbs left by the perpetrators, Guardio’s team deduced that the threat actors likely come from Vietnam: some of the commands are in Vietnamese and there are signs of the Coc Coc browser, popular in the South-east Asian nation.

Telegram/Discord API tokens left by attacker bots led researchers to a Telegram account named “MrTonyName,” which they believe to be one of those behind the attack.

To all techs suggestion keep Facebook off all lan networks, if marketing need it keep them in the DMZ zone

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Vulnerability: GhostToken vulnerability in Google Cloud

Reported by Colin Domoney Must Read Article1-Aug-25-2023-01-31-48-4868-PM ( Great article

This week, we have news of the so-called GhostToken vulnerability, which could allow attackers to target Google Cloud users via the application marketplace. According to the researchers at Astrix who discovered the vulnerability, it could have allowed attackers to access the target account’s Google Drive, Calendar, Photos, Google Docs, Google Maps, and other Google Cloud Platform services. The researchers reported their findings to Google in June 2022, Google accepted them in August 2022, and in April 2023, they released a global patch to address the issue. Researchers also recommended that Google Cloud users regularly verify the application installed on their instance using the application management page on the Google Cloud portal.

The root cause of the vulnerability relates to the manner in which Google Cloud manages the lifecycle of an application and, specifically, how the application’s associated OAuth2 tokens are managed. The Google Cloud provides a 30-day grace period from the time an application is scheduled for deletion until the time it is permanently deleted. This grace period is to allow administrators an opportunity to recover resources deleted in error. While in the pending deletion state, the application (and its associated resources such as OAuth2 tokens) are invisible to platform users. The researchers at Astrix discovered that if an application’s pending deletion was canceled within the 30-day window, then the application and all its associated resources would be restored. They tested this with an OAuth2 token and discovered that this token still provided access to its original resources.

They describe how this delete/pending deletion/cancel deletion loop can be used to effectively hide a rogue application from the application management page of a user’s Google Cloud portal, using the following attack flow:

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Hosting firm says it lost all customer data after ransomware attack

Sounds like what could happen to Microsoft O365 and they have no liability (there are inexpensive backup solutions available)

By Bill Toulas August 23, 2023 10:40 AM (great reporting)
Danish hosting firms CloudNordic and AzeroCloud have suffered ransomware attacks, causing the loss of the majority of customer data and forcing the hosting providers to shut down all systems, including websites, email, and customer sites.

The two brands belong to the same company and stated that the attack unfolded last Friday night. However, today’s operational status remains highly problematic, with the firm’s IT teams only managing to restore some servers without any data.

Moreover, the firm’s statement clarifies that it won’t be paying the threat actors a ransom and has already engaged with security experts and reported the incident to the police.

Unfortunately, the system and data restoration process isn’t going smoothly, and CloudNordic says many of its customers have lost data that appears to be irrecoverable.

“Since we neither can nor wish to meet the financial demands of the criminal hackers for a ransom, CloudNordic’s IT team and external experts have been working intensively to assess the damage and determine what could be recovered,” reads CloudNordic’s statement (machine translated)

“Sadly, it has been impossible to recover more data, and the majority of our customers have consequently lost all their data with us.”

Both public notices include instructions on recovering websites and services from local backups or Wayback Machine archives.

Given the situation, the two hosting service providers previously recommended that heavily impacted customers move to other providers, such as Powernet and Nordicway.

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Sneaky Amazon Google ad leads to Microsoft support scam

By Lawrence Abrams August 21, 2023 01:52 PM

A legitimate-looking ad for Amazon in Google search results redirects visitors to a Microsoft Defender tech support scam that locks up their browser.
Today, BleepingComputer was alerted to what appeared to be a valid advertisement for Amazon in the Google search results.
The advertisement shows Amazon’s legitimate URL, just like in the company’s typical search result, as shown below.

These tech support scams will automatically go into full-screen mode, making it hard to get out of the page without terminating the Google Chrome process.
However, when Chrome is terminated in this way, on the relaunch, it will prompt users to restore the previously closed pages, reopening the tech support scam.
A demonstration of today’s fake Amazon Google ad leading to the tech support scam site can be seen below

Google ads abused to distribute malware
BleepingComputer reached out to both Google and Amazon regarding this malvertising but has not received a response at the time of this publication.
Google advertisements have been heavily abused over the past year by other threat actors to distribute malware, which sometimes leads to ransomware attacks.
The threat actors would create replicas of legitimate sites but swap the download links to distribute trojanized programs that install malware.
The Royal ransomware operation also creates Google advertisements promoting malicious sites that install Cobalt Strike beacons. These beacons are used to provide initial access to corporate networks to conduct ransomware attacks.

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By Sergiu Gatlan June 23, 2023 02:06 PM

Federal agencies ordered to patch by July 14th

Today, CISA ordered federal agencies to patch recently patched security vulnerabilities exploited as zero-days to deploy Triangulation spyware on iPhones via iMessage zero-click exploits.

The warning comes after Kaspersky published a report detailing a Triangulation malware component used in a campaign it tracks as “Operation Triangulation.”

Kaspersky says it found the spyware on iPhones belonging to employees in its Moscow office and from other countries. The attacks started in 2019 and are still ongoing, according to the company, and they use iMessage zero-click exploits that exploit the now-patched iOS zero-day bugs.

Russia’s FSB intelligence agency also claimed that Apple collaborated with the NSA to create a backdoor, facilitating the infiltration of iPhones in Russia. The FSB also said it allegedly found thousands of infected iPhones owned by Russian government officials and embassy staff in Israel, China, and NATO member nations.

“We have never worked with any government to insert a backdoor into any Apple product and never will,” an Apple spokesperson told BleepingComputer.

“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released before iOS 15.7,” the company said on Wednesday when describing the two Kernel and WebKit vulnerabilities (CVE-2023-32434 and CVE-2023-32435) exploited in the attacks.

The company also fixed a WebKit zero-day (CVE-2023-32439) this week that can let attackers gain arbitrary code execution on unpatched devices. This was also tagged by CISA today as an actively exploited flaw.

The list of affected devices is extensive, as the zero-day affects older and newer models, and it includes:

iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 5th generation and later
iPhone 6s (all models), iPhone 7 (all models), iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Air 2, iPad mini (4th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation)
Macs running macOS Big Sur, Monterey, and Ventura
Apple Watch Series 4 and later, Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, Series 7, and SE
On Thursday, Apple sent another round of threat notifications alerting customers they were targeted in state-sponsored attacks, one day after patching the zero-days exploited to deploy Triangulation spyware. However, it’s not clear to what incidents these new warnings are related to, according to CNN reporter Chris Bing.

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Bitdefender Gravity Zone Mobile Device Manager is now ready to Activate

I finally met with the Project Manager today, to go over security

If you are a partner of MspPortal Partners Inc I can activate the account and now support it, Bitdefender has no tech support available yet.

We starting playing with the project over 2 weeks ago when it was released..Great Product..Pricing is stellar a must have for your clients

Contact the office for activation

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Microsoft’s Azure portal down following new claims of DDoS attacks

By Lawrence Abrams June 9, 2023 11:52 AM

Update at 6/9/23 1:33 PM ET added below

The Microsoft Azure Portal is down on the web as a threat actor known as Anonymous Suda claims to be targeting the site with a DDoS attack.

Attempting to access the portal at displays an error message stating, “Our services aren’t available right now. We’re working to restore all services as soon as possible. Please check back soon.” The mobile app appears unaffected at this time.

“Azure Portal – Errors accessing the Azure Portal – Applying Mitigation

Impact Statement: Starting at approximately 15:00 UTC on 9 Jun 2023, Azure customers may experience error notifications when trying to access the Azure Portal (

Current Status: We have determined a potential root cause and are actively engaged in different workstreams applying load balancing processes in order to mitigate the issue. The next update will be provided within 60 minutes or as events warrant.

This message was last updated at 16:35 UTC on 09 June 2023″

At the same time, a threat actor known as Anonymous Sudan claims to be conducting a DDoS attack against the Microsoft Azure portal, sharing an image of the page not working.

Regardless of the threat actor’s origins, this has not been a good week for Microsoft, with the threat actor conducting DDoS attacks on other Microsoft web portals for and OneDrive, which also suffered outages at the same time.

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Do You Need To Step Up Zero Trust Strategy?

Folks if you are reading this you have to lock down your security products
Quick Outline please do not be lazy and take to heed my comments. Most companies I have seen lately are calling your clients, As I have instructed my own MSP’s/Resellers make up these accounts in the DB, you own them they do not.. but legally if you provide that information to them you grant them access

See 6 new breaches below


RMM programs are hurting and trying to entice you into one window pane of glass RMM is nothing more the remote management with some reports as to the health of a machine/device that is it even there Remote tools are 3rd party API’s or hooks remote tools should only be Point to Point from a dashboard to the endpoint. The best program is Barracuda ( over 50% or more off SRP through MspPortal Partners Inc) no security breaches like Kaseya and Enable(formally Solarwinds, GFI, LogicNow, Houndog). Kaseya is on a spend Spree and is acquiring firms to add to there portfolio’s churn and burn at your expense. Read the EULA’s all they have to do is apologize and not compensate you a dime for your time to fix.

Every Security company out there has escape clauses WRONG. QUIT Signing contracts We do 3rd line support ourselves.

Mail-Filtering and Backups of O365

O365 is a joke. If you let your client sway you and setup O365 for them you have better protect yourself and your clients.
Barracuda has 3 mail programs Essentials, Complete Mail Protection, Total Mail Protection, MspPortal Partners Inc is a major player Barracuda Arena we offer almost 50% off of SRP if you were to buy direct thru Barracuda that is if a Salesperson contacts you back. We do 3rd line support ourselves.

Malware Detection/Antivirus

Bitdefender is the only product rated # 1. All other firms do extensive marketing with pretty pictures. This is truly a tech dashboard you control the client and the actions. Bitdefender claims (per article they wrote) that MspPortal Partners Inc is there largest provider to MSP’s. We do 3rd line support ourselves.

Hosted Mail
Last we are a partner with ZOHO. We have worked for over 4 months with them fixing there bugs to make it a competitor to O365..Downfall no US support they are based out of India. You need somebody like MspPortal to support you.

If you need pricing contact us, no contracts only month to month we believe if we are doing our job you stay if not you leave no grief. All we expect is you pay your invoices once a month.

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Microsoft Patches Serious Azure Cloud Security Flaws

By Elizabeth Montalbano
Three vulnerabilities in the platform’s API Management Service could allow access sensitive data, mount further attacks, and even hijack developer portals.

Microsoft has patched three vulnerabilities in its Azure cloud platform that could have allowed attackers to access sensitive info on a targeted service, deny access to the server, or scan the internal network to mount further attacks, researchers have found.

Researchers from the Ermetic Research Team discovered the flaws in the Azure API Management Service, which allows organizations to create, manage, secure, and monitor APIs across all of their environments, they revealed in a blog post published May 4.

The flaws — all rated high-risk — include two Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerabilities and a file upload path traversal on an internal Azure workload.

SSRF allows an attacker to send a crafted request from a vulnerable server to a targeted external or internal server or service, or even target it in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack. Abusing these flaws means an attacker can access sensitive data stored on the targeted server, overload targeted servers using DoS attacks, and scan the internal network and identify potential targets for further attacks.

The third flaw is one in which Azure does not validate the file type and path of uploaded files. Typically in the case of this type of flaw, authenticated users can traverse the path specified to upload malicious files to the developer portal server and possibly execute code on it using DLL hijacking, IISNode config swapping, or any other similar attack vectors, the researchers said.

Microsoft responded quickly to Ermetic’s disclosure of the flaws and has fully patched them, according to the researchers, and no further action is necessary for Azure customers.
Details on the Bugs

Specifically, the Ermetic researchers discovered two separate SSRF flaws: one that affected the Azure API Management CORS Proxy and another that affected the Azure API Management Hosting Proxy.

They discovered the former on Dec. 21, 2022, and at first believed it was the same flaw that was first reported to Microsoft by another cloud security company on Nov. 12, and fixed a few days later on Nov. 16. However, the researchers later realized that the flaw they found actually bypasses that initial fix. Microsoft ultimately patched the vulnerability fully in January, the initial researchers reported later, according to Ermetic.

Together, the Azure SSRF flaws that researchers discovered affected central servers that “masses of users and organizations depend on for day-to-day operations,” says Liv Matan, cloud security researcher at Ermetic.

“Using them, attackers could fake requests from these legitimate servers, access internal services that may contain sensitive information belonging to Azure customers, and even prevent the availability of the vulnerable servers,” he says.

The path-traversal flaw found in Azure API Management Service allowed for an unrestricted file upload to the Azure developer portal server, the researchers said. The developer portal’s authenticated mode allowed someone to upload static files and images that would be shown on a developer’s dedicated portal, they said.

The flaw could have allowed attackers to take advantage of Microsoft’s self-hosted developer portal as well as weaponize the vulnerability against end users, Matan explains.

“Additionally, the Azure-hosted developer portal contains customer information that would have been at risk if the vulnerability had fallen into the wrong hands,” he says.
How to Protect the Enterprise

While API flaws like the ones Ermetic researchers discovered are uncommon, awareness of these types of vulnerabilities has grown in the past few years, Matan says.

Moreover, “blind SSRFs” — SSRF flaws that do not necessarily return any data but rather focus on performing unauthorized actions on the server’s backend — are fairly common, especially in cloud platforms that offer a wide range of services, he says.

Microsoft already had previously patched four SSRF flaws in four separate services of its Azure cloud platform, two of which could have allowed attackers to perform a server-side request forgery (SSRF) attack — and thus potentially execute remote code execution — even without authentication to a legitimate account.

“In the end, vulnerabilities can be discovered in any cloud platform, at any time,” Matan says.

There’s certainly been evidence of this, as — aside from SSRF flaws — researchers already have found a number of other flaws in Azure as well as other cloud platforms that could have threatened enterprise environments.

In one instance, Microsoft patched what researchers called a “dangerous” flaw in its Azure Service Fabric component that, if exploited, would have allowed an unauthenticated, malicious actor to execute code on a container hosted on the platform.

Because it’s difficult for an enterprise deploying a cloud to have control over or even be aware of a flaw on the underlying cloud-hosting infrastructure, it’s important for organizations to be vigilant in their own security practices so they are prepared if a flaw is eventually discovered or exploited, the researchers said.

In the case of avoiding compromising in the recently discovered Azure API Management, Matan recommends that organizations should practice proper input-validation hygiene and configure their servers to not follow redirects.

“To avoid a compromise in these cases, organizations should validate all input received from untrusted sources, such as user inputs or HTTP requests,” he says.

Other steps organizations can take to avoid compromise in these cases, Matan adds, include using a whitelist approach, implementing a strong firewall to restrict outgoing traffic from the application to only necessary services and ports, isolating data, and managing permissions on the server in cloud environments using IMDSv2.

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IRS-authorized tax return software caught serving JS malware

By Ax Sharma April 4, 2023 05:00 AM

If it was not already bad enough with the Banking issues going on, an IRS-authorized e-file software service provider used by many for filing their tax returns, has been caught serving JavaScript malware.

Security researchers state the malicious JavaScript file existed on website for weeks. BleepingComputer has been able to confirm the existence of the malicious JavaScript file in question, at the time.

Note, this security incident specifically concerns and not IRS’ e-file infrastructure or identical sounding domains.
Just in time for tax season was caught serving malware, as spotted by multiple users and researchers. The malicious JavaScript file in question is called ‘popper.js’: serving malicious popper.js file
The ‘popper.js’ file used by across its webpages contains malware

The development comes at a crucial time when U.S. taxpayers are wrapping up their IRS tax returns before the April 18th due date.

The highlighted code above is base64-encoded with its decoded version shown below. The code attempts to load JavaScript returned by infoamanewonliag[.]online:

The use of Math.random() at the end is likely to prevent caching and load a fresh copy of the malware—should the threat actor make any changes to it, every time is visited. At the time of writing, the endpoint was no longer up.

BleepingComputer can confirm, the malicious JavaScript file ‘popper.js’ was being loaded by almost every page of, at least up until April 1st. pages serving popper.js pages serving poppers.js (BleepingComputer)

As of today, the file is no longer seen serving the malicious code.
Website ‘hijacked’ over 2 weeks ago

On March 17th, a Reddit thread surfaced where multiple users suspected the website was “hijacked.”

At the time, the website showed an SSL error message that, some suspected, was fake and indicative of a hack:

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