UNICAMP – Used to Host Phishing Pages

We just discovered that UNICAMP (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), a renowned Brazilian University, has had their infrastructure compromised and it is being used to host phishing link which are then being used email spear phishing campaigns.

In this specific campaign they appear to be targeting a visitors credit card information. We came across the issue while working on an infected site. The attacker had modified the site’s .htaccess to redirect incoming traffic to the Phishing files:

hxxp://www.cpa.unicamp.br/alcscens/as/public.php (The URL was slightly modified to avoid accidental clicks)

This link was leading to the following URL which is still live. The content looks to have been cleared up:

hxxp://www0.comprapremiadacielo.web-maker.kz/

This was a phishing page pretending to be from Cielo, one of the biggest electronic payments operators in Brazil. It was pretending to offer promotions and discounts that requested the visitors credit card information.

Here’s an image of the phishing page:

cielo-phishing

We also found a file containing an email message and script to send emails to potential victims. Here’s the content of the email file:

httx://www. cpa.unicamp.br/alcscens/as/public.phpios%20autenticado&pbx=1&oq=&aq=&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2%2cor.r_gc.r_pw.%2ccf.osb&fp=aa151a29d476e27c&pf=p&pdl=500
Caso não esteja vendo as imagens desse e-mail, click aqui: http://www.cpa.unicamp.br/alcscens/as/public.php

While there does not appear to be any evidence of other nefarious activities on the site, it is still best practice to avoid the site until the University has an opportunity to clean themselves up.


Written by Magno Logan and Fio.

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  • qgustavor

    Nearly all brazilian hackers use all ways they can find to host viruses.
    As I think that UNICAMP and also another universities ( including the one that I study ) allows students use their websites to host their works if one of this students get hacked the university server also gets. One time lot’s of important brazilian websites got hacked, many websites have a structure that are not oriented to security so they easily get hacked.

    The good point ( ? ): if it was a page with a virus download just download it and sniff the connection: it will show the FTP password to the server: many brazilian viruses work posting user info intro FTP servers.