The google.rw hijack nobody else noticed

In the past few months, we’ve witnessed a sudden increase in the number of compromised domain registrars and registries, allowing hackers to takeover the domains of popular Web sites. Domains such as Twitter, Google, Facebook, The New York Times, and Microsoft have all been victims of name server hijacks where millions of users are redirected to servers under the control of bad actors.

Yesterday, we saw evidence of another attack on a Google domain. But we detected it and helped to fix ...

Finding the Patterns in a Mysterious New DGA

For the past two weeks, since Oct 9th, we’ve observed a high volume of periodic nxdomain lookups in our DNS traffic to a number of Domain Generation Algorithm (DGA) domains. In investigating these domains we found a few curious patterns in when and how they seemed to appear. 

A DGA  is a technique that uses a random or dynamic component in its logic to generate domain names. This component can be a random number or the current time, and combined with ...

Dropbox Phish Spreads Zeus Trojan

Today we’ve got something new for Dropbox users to watch out for: a new spam campaign spreading the Zeus Trojan. The domain dynamooblog.ru caught our eyes Oct 18th, when it triggered one of our data-driven predictive engines that monitors spikes in traffic. Notice how the volume of queries to the site surged from zero to several hundreds in a matter of minutes.  

 

The domain bears a resemblance to our long-time friend @ConradLongmore’s site, blog.dynamoo.com, he confirmed that dynamooblog.ru is not ...

Data in Movement: The Frenetic Dance of a State Machine

Over the past few decades, the tech world has been investing quite a bit of time and effort into the creation of robust distributed cloud systems, and the increasing need for resources and performance leads us to a decentralized agglomeration of data acting transparently like a whole. This new face of the internet as we know it  involves many actors: some focus on storage, some may focus on routing, some are in charge of keeping the information up-to-date and finally, the ...