[ISN] Blackhole collapses: Hacker behind world’s largest malware threat reportedly arrested in Russia

http://www.itproportal.com/2013/10/09/blackhole-collapses-hacker-behind-worlds-largest-malware-threat-reportedly-arrested-in-russia/ By Paul Cooper itproportal.com 09 Oct 2013 The man thought to be behind the infamous Blackhole malware toolkit has been arrested in Russia, an inside source has revealed. The source – a former police detective with contacts in the Russian government – said that the man arrested was the notorious hacker who goes by the online handle ‘Paunch’. Blackhole is an exploit kit that allows hackers to carry out so-called ‘drive-by’ attacks on computers, a style of infiltration that accounts for more than half of all attacks taking place on users. These drive-by hacks can include the downloading of anything from viruses to botnet Trojans and keyloggers onto infected machines. The rootkit was once considered the largest malware threat in the world, according to security firm Sophos, and until recently, 91 per cent of web threats detected by AVG were thought to be due to the toolkit. However, the its popularity seems to have waned in recent months, due to competition from other toolkits exploiting similar weaknesses. As one of the main operators of Blackhole, Paunch was responsible for keeping the malware up to date, introducing it to new security weaknesses in commonly-used programs and tightening its defences against fixes and antivirus software. […]