Gumblar compromise growth continues

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   May 20, 2009

Dominant web threat infecting still more vulnerable sites.

A major web compromise, estimated by some to represent over 40% of infected web pages last week, has continued growing in size and prevalence at an alarming rate.

The threat, commonly dubbed 'Gumblar' after a domain used by early versions, but also known as 'JS/Redir', is thought to inject itself into websites using stolen ftp credentials to hosting servers, and uses the infected pages to serve malware which may seek out further ftp login data. It may also doctor Google search results to redirect more victims to compromised hosts, which attempt to infect via PDF and Flash exploits.

The threat's sharp growth in size was highlighted last week by researchers at Sophos and at ScanSafe, and the spurt seems to have continued with ever higher figures reported by a variety of sources. Mary Landesman at ScanSafe has kept up a running commentary on the spread of the threat on the STAT blog here, with more details on the threat itself at Unmask Parasites here and reports from US-Cert here and SANS here.

Posted on 20 May 2009 by Virus Bulletin



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