[ISN] An inside look at Russian cybercriminals

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2692415/data-protection/an-inside-look-at-russian-cybercriminals.html By Antone Gonsalves CSO Oct 8, 2014 A detailed look at Russian cybercriminals focused on accessing online banking accounts reveals an effective hidden system for spreading malware through compromised websites. The criminal operation, described in a report released Tuesday by email security company Proofpoint, has infected 500,000 mostly U.S.-based PCs with malware capable of recording transactions and stealing credentials. Nearly 60 percent of the operation involves accounts at five of the largest U.S. banks. “They are sophisticated when it comes to financially motivated attackers,” Wayne Huang, lead researcher for Proofpoint, said. The criminal group’s steps to remain under the radar of security researchers start at underground forums where the hackers purchase lists of administrator logins for WordPress sites. […]