Monday, July 14, 2008
Monetizing Compromised Web Sites
Despite that pure patriotic hacktivism is still alive and kicking, compromised sites are largely getting monetized these days, starting from hosting blackhat SEO junk pages, to redirecting to live exploit URLs and fake codecs where revenue is earned through their participation in an affiliate business model.
With The Africa Middle Market Fund's site monetized by web site defacers who defaced it "in between" the blackhat SEO infrastructure they were hosting internally, in this I'll comment on the currently compromised and redirection to a fake porn sites, Camara Municipal de Amparo (camaraamparo.sp.gov.br/r.html). Basically, it's homepage is heavily linking to the Zlob variant (camaraamparo.sp.gov.br/ video.exe) in between loading an IFRAME to 18.104.22.168/ index.php. As always, upon uploading their redirector, they've build enough confidence into their new hosting provider that the link to the redirector was instantly spammed across the web. The site is so heavily linking to the internal redirector itself, that upon clicking on the majority of links the user will inevitably come across it.
Speaking of fake porn sites redirecting to Zlob variants, here are the very latest additions spammed across the web through blackhat SEO practices :
No matter the high profile site that's been exploited in order to participate in such malicious operations, for the time being, crunching out new domain names and using the hosting services of the well known ISPs neglecting their removal, seems to be the tactic of choice. The long tail of SQL injected sites is however, clearly replacing the plain simple blackhat SEO web spamming, so that traffic to these rogue sites is driven through redirection of the the traffic from legitimate sites.