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Blackhole 2.0 used as bait to attract cybercriminals
According to Symantec, this is the first time the name of a popular exploit kit has been used to attract cybercriminals.
Symantec says it has discovered a website hosting what is advertised as version 2.0 of the forthcoming Blackhole Exploit Kit. There's an interesting twist to this story: According to the vendor, the site uses Blackhole 2.0 as bait to lure cybercriminals to the page in hopes they'll stick around and read advertisements.
"This method is not new; spammers often use names of famous people and products or the latest news events to try to lure users into reading their spam emails," a Symantec spokesman told me by email. "But this is the first time we have seen a popular exploit kit name used in this way that could attract cyber criminals."
A full analysis is available in the Symantec Security Response blog.
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