browser-based threat report March 4, 2024

Browser-Based Threat Report: Mar 4

Browser-Based Threat Report

Week of March 4th, 2024

ConcealBrowse is leveraged by teams across the world to combat weaponized URLs. The technology is constantly analyzing suspicious web artifacts to identify risks in the form of drive-by attacks, phishing portals, and other threats that materialize while browsing.

At Conceal, your digital safety is our utmost priority. Our weekly threat report for the week of March 4th, 2024, unveils critical insights into the ever-evolving landscape of online threats.

The following report highlights recently detected sites that were deemed suspicious:


SHA-256: b7b9c8acef4b5c7ce61d10ea7b28f291d1e360bed3dd211425ab2e869a2f86d9

browser-based threat: ApacheWeb scareware campaign

This URL and IP address are known to be part of the ApacheWeb scareware campaign.

This URL was first detected by ConcealBrowse on February 29th, with security vendors reporting it on the 25th. The site was initially reported by one security vendor, and that number remains the same. ConcealBrowse intervened and gave the page a 49% risk assessment, citing proximity, phishing, and malware.

This URL and IP address are known to be part of the ApacheWeb scareware campaign. This campaign involves a series of redirects to lead users to malicious downloads, such as adware or unwanted browser extensions. This page is one of the first URLs in the attack vector, deciding which scam page to redirect the user to. These pages are kept clean or empty while not in use as part of their strategy to avoid detection by security vendors and web scanners.

Conceal Recommendation:  This IP address should be blocked. ApacheWeb is mostly deployed through malicious emails, so consider educating users about clicking on links from unrecognized senders while protecting against those that may not identify the suspicious email.


SHA-256: a1992d1fd5a25182fda65087fc5d44f7ee5a893463f70f8508d3aeb332b6fdd8

browser-based threat: Technical support scams

This URL was first detected by ConcealBrowse on February 28th. Later the same day other security vendors began reporting it. It was reported by two vendors, and today it is reported by six. ConcealBrowse intervened due to a 48% risk assessment and blocked this page, citing phishing and possible malware.

Technical support scams have become prevalent among malicious actors. This page goes as far to impersonate Facebook as well, giving the illusion that the user did go to a legitimate site when they received the popup. Due to the high risk associated with this page, ConcealBrowse decided to block rather than isolate, preventing users from ever seeing the fake phone number.

Conceal Recommendation:  This page and IP address should be blocked utilizing ConcealBrowse’s policy block feature.


SHA-256: b8b6e86b9cd655913dbd19b6806d5019187658afbdf6258e4547c30ed3633065

browser-based threat report: malicious extensions

This URL was detected by ConcealBrowse on March 4th and was first reported by seven security vendors on February 18th. Today, it is detected by nine security vendors for malicious behavior. ConcealBrowse successfully intervened with a 14% risk assessment, citing suspicious behavior.

This page offers a free browser extension that, once installed, can convert different types of documents into PDFs. Unfortunately, this site has been flagged as untrustworthy and containing potential malware via the extension. Illegitimate browser extensions are a significant cause of concern for the privacy of users, due to their ability to manipulate the content of web pages and read data such as browsing history. Malicious extensions can also cause excessive pop-ups and redirecting to unwanted websites.

Conceal Recommendation: ConcealBrowse’s intervention will prevent downloads of any software, but companies should consider creating an allow list for legitimate browser extensions to prevent users from installing anything potentially malicious. 


Valuable Outcomes

As this recent threat reports exemplify, ConcealBrowse offers comprehensive protection against many sophisticated cyber threats. Our advanced threat detection capabilities have successfully flagged and quarantined malicious web pages, preventing users from falling victim to various cyber-attacks. Conceal remains dedicated to upholding the integrity of online interactions, constantly refining our detection algorithms and threat identification protocols to ensure proactive protection against emerging cyber threats. By integrating cutting-edge technology and a robust security infrastructure, we empower users to confidently navigate the digital landscape, knowing that their online activities are shielded from potential harm.

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