Cybercriminals abusing Microsoft Azure for phishing attacks


CyberCriminals usually host fake web pages on hacked websites, free web hosting, more recently they abused Google Docs.  These fake pages(phishing pages) trick unsuspecting users into handing over their personal and financial information.

Now, the cyber criminals have started to abuse the Microsoft's Azure cloud platform to host their fake websites.

Creating accounts on Azure is very easy and they are also offering a 30-day trial.  Once you are done with account creation, you can easily create your web pages using the main dashboard.

However, Registration process is not easy for criminals.  Because, it needs you to provide a valid phone number and credit card details.

MalwareBytes researchers says the attackers may have stolen the username and passwords from legitimate users that were already registered.

Netcraft has identified several phishing pages targeting users of Paypal, Apple, Visa, American express, Cielo hosted on Azure.

PhishTank records:
http://www.phishtank.com/phish_detail.php?phish_id=2428419
http://www.phishtank.com/phish_detail.php?phish_id=2391951
http://www.phishtank.com/phish_detail.php?phish_id=2342647
http://www.phishtank.com/phish_detail.php?phish_id=2174737

Brazil and Chinese Government websites host Paypal phishing page



Today, I have come across a phishing page which is surprisingly being hosted in one of the Chinese government website that targets Paypal users.

The paypal phishing page is hosted in the "hxxp://www.121.gov.cn/app/p/index.html" that shows the fake login page of Paypal.

Once the victim enters his credentials and proceed to login, he will be redirected to another page where he will be asked to provide his financial info including name, address, credit card details.

Then users are asked to provide 3 digit secure code, password, security questions.

Once all the details have been entered, you will be redirected to page where it says: "Your information has been sent successfully. For your security, you will be automatically logged out.Thank you for using PayPal". This page redirects to the original paypal login page.

Sub-domain of the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais government website "hxxx://www.camaramontesanto.mg.gov.br" is found to be host same type of phishing page.

PhishTank record shows the 121.gov.cn hosts the phishing page from May 8 and camaramontesanto.mg.gov.br is from May 23.

1.http://www.phishtank.com/phish_detail.php?phish_id=1827926 

2. http://www.phishtank.com/phish_detail.php?phish_id=1857679