Gumblar and Sasfis Continue to Gain Momentum
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 3, 2010 - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) - a leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions - today announced its April 2010 Threatscape report showed high activity from multiple botnets, namely Gumblar and Sasfis. While Gumblar remained in the No. 1 position in Fortinet's Top 10 Network Attacks list, the Sasfis botnet ranking was bolstered by two of its executables prevalent in Fortinet's Antivirus Top 10 listing. Like Bredolab, Sasfis is a botnet loader that reports statistics and retrieves/executes files upon check-in. However, Sasfis differs since it is newer and does not employ encryption (all communications are sent through HTTP unencrypted). Nonetheless, Sasfis continues to spread aggressively and typically loads banking trojans among other malicious files.
"Money mules are essentially money laundering vehicles utilized by cyber criminals to handle and transfer illicit funds," said Derek Manky, project manager, cyber security and threat research, Fortinet. "The mule receives a commission for doing the transfer. These transfers are typically done in batches of $10,000 USD or less. Money mule positions are, more times than not, crafted as legitimate sounding jobs, such as accounts receivable positions. If something seems too good to be true, it generally is."
Another money mule campaign example can be found here: http://www.fortiguard.com/pics/threatscape1209/image-05b.png
FortiGuard Labs compiled threat statistics and trends for April based on data collected from FortiGate network security appliances and intelligence systems in production worldwide. Customers who use Fortinet's FortiGuard Subscription Services should already be protected against the threats outlined in this report.
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