Ivan's Order of Magnitude

Published: 2014-07-22
Last Updated: 2014-07-22 01:33:42 UTC
by Daniel Wesemann (Version: 1)
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ISC reader Frank reports seeing a couple odd DNS names in his DNS resolver log

4e6.1a4bf.565697d.f52e1.306.60ae.766e0.mdleztmxhvxc.speakan.in. A=  TTL=30 NS=
3a.276965.3e6b39.cdaf104.da.e018.72c1a.mdleztmxhvxc.speakan.in. A=  TTL=30 NS=

As so often, the first step in the infection chain had been a visit to a benign, but unpatched and hacked Wordpress website. It redirected to an intermediary, which in turn redirected to the domains above. The subsequent http connection with Java exploit attempt was stopped by the proxy filters in Frank's case, so no harm done.

But looking at public passive DNS records, it is obvious that "something" is going on, and has been for a long while. Domain names of this pattern have been observed since about November 2013, and are associated with the Magnitude Exploit Kit. Snort and Emergingthreats have decent signatures, and flag the traffic as "MAGNITUDE EK".

The recently used domain names are all within the Indian TLD ".in", and checking the registration information, they were all registered by the same alleged "Ivan Biloev" from Moscow, and all of them via the same registrar (webiq.in). They even suspended a handful of the domains because of abuse, but they apparently continue to let Ivan happily register new addresses. Maybe a registrar might want to have a chat with a customer who had domains revoked, before letting registrations for additional names go through??

Recent Magnitude mal-domains included, only to name a few: speakan.in busyneeds.in chancessay.in futureroll.in loadsbreak.in suchimages.in touchitems.in waysheader.in putsediting.in regionwhole.in resultsself.in unlikesolve.in advisefailed.in closesthotel.in comesexpands.in installseven.in deducecontact.in poundscaptain.in delayattempted.in lawuniversitys.in obviouslyheads.in

Brad over at malware-traffic-analysis.net has a write-up [1] on a recent sample. If you have current intel on Magnitude EK, the domain name patterns, the exploits pushed in the current set, etc, then please share in the comments below or via our contact form.

[1]  http://malware-traffic-analysis.net/2014/07/15/index.html

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When I first saw those, I was imagining data collection via DNS implemented by wild-card.
Would be an easy way to upload keystrokes or other stuff.
I also got the idea, that basicly the malware could be segmented into DNS records, and the malware author could use the DNS system to actually distribute malware segments.

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