Is a telco in Brazil hosting an epidemic of open SOCKS proxies?

Published: 2017-10-22
Last Updated: 2017-10-22 14:21:40 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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I became interested in how criminals and bad actors conceal the origin point of their Internet traffic. TOR, The Onion Router project, is one common way to anonymize Internet traffic. TOR nodes allow any proxy-aware application to send traffic through the encrypted anonymity tunnel [1].

But there are other ways to route traffic other than TOR. It turns out there are lists of open proxies being posted. A person interested in anonymity, whether for good or not, can use a working and open proxy to hide the true source of Internet activity.

A tale of three sites ("Socks Around The Clock"), ("Daily Fresh Live Socks"), and ("Daily Hand-Picked Premium Servers") are three websites that appear to post a daily list of alleged open SOCKS proxies. The lists posted on September 28, 2017 are here: [2, 3, 4].

5,762 unique IP and port pairs were collected from these three lists. 5,109, or 89%, of the alleged open proxies are common to all three lists. I performed a reverse DNS lookup on all IP addresses, then sorted the results by top level domain name. Here are the top 15 domains:




















What's going on in Brazil?

I sorted the IP addresses that resolved to The IP addresses are in 47 subnets, and according to LACNIC [5], belong to Autonomous System AS28573 assigned to Claro S.A. Claro Brazil is a large telecommunications provider.



Subnet, IP Addresses, 173, 1, 107, 632, 71, 54

177.0.0/16, 11, 18, 76, 163, 301, 10, 1,052, 13, 62, 1, 19, 230, 159, 12, 46, 151, 100, 56, 10, 27, 2, 92, 7, 141, 5, 173, 190, 489, 12, 97, 35, 28, 2, 12, 8, 3, 35, 148, 2, 2, 70










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Interesting! Over the past 4 weeks, I've seen a huge increase in undesired activity on all of my EC2 instances... WP login brute force attempts, SSH brute force attempts, and IMAP brute force attacks, and typical script kiddie crap scans for the usual stuff on web servers - phpmyadmin, MyAdmin, setup.php/install.php scripts for various software packages, etc. A source IP analysis shows >80% of these are coming from Claro/ netblocks, with sources in VN being a clearly noticeable but distant second. It's still at background noise level, yet the rise has been significant and it has gotten quite annoying nonetheless. I'll have to do cross-checking to see how many sources are also in these SOCK proxy lists.

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