Browser-Based Threat Report: Oct. 16

Browser-Based Threat Report

Week of October 16th, 2023

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 October 16th, 2023, unveils critical insights into the ever-evolving landscape of online threats.

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

SHA-256 42a439f1d2c94a9d456fc25fd9ae758fd1a55b1061d4a9ba5e90406424f3f39c

This URL was detected by ConcealBrowse on October 16th, 2023, with it first being submitted to a handful of CTI feeds on September 21st, 2023.. The URL in question was recently submitted for new analysis on October 15th, 2023. To date, only 4 security vendors excluding ConcealBrowse have annotated this URL.

The link uses various http (insecure) redirects, which leads to gambling sites, spoofed shopping sites, and a suspicious download. More concerning, it also redirects to a QR code, which entices the end user to scan with their mobile device, which are often less secure than our PC’s and laptops. The QR code leads the user to another suspicious webpage that is being tracked by CTI feeds.

Additionally, the serving IP address annotated above has been seen delivering a W32 trojan variant as recently as October 8th, 2023.


SHA-256 18358a77382e2475a5dcc8445ef23a859d1d7cb698d6b31808f76104cf30fbfd

This web page was detected by ConcealBrowse on October 16th, 2023 with it first being submitted to CTI feeds on August 3rd, 2019. This site shows a continued trend of seeing compromised websites of smaller businesses go at length without being addressed.

When analyzing this site. It was flagged as malicious by multiple different vendors. Further analysis shows that this site contains several signatures including creating files in the system directory.

Several MITRE ATT&CK techniques are also found on this site at the time of analysis to include: Masquerading, Process Injection, Ingress Tools Transfer, Encrypted Channel, Application Layer Protocol, and Non-Application Layer Protocol.


SHA-256 18358a77382e2475a5dcc8445ef23a859d1d7cb698d6b31808f76104cf30fbfd

This currently active URL was detected by ConcealBrowse on October 16th, 2023. Although it was first submitted to various CTI feeds August 15th, 2023, it was resubmitted the morning of October 17th, meaning the delivered page has been compromised again.

The URL takes users to seemingly benign page offering a free PDF converter. When clicking “Download Now,” users download the converter and inadvertently, a malicious dropper file. The dropper file is a redline trojan variant.


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