What is a Gumblar Attack?

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What is a Gumblar Attack?


Gumblar appears to be a combination of exploit scripts and malware. The scripts are embedded in .html, .js and .php files using obfuscated Javascript. They load malware content from third party sites without the user’s knowledge. It also steals FTP credentials from the victim’s computer, which allows it to spread and infect additional sites. Therefore, when someone visits an infected site they get infected and if they have FTP credentials for a website on their machine then those sites will get infected too. This explains the exponential growth of the exploit in such a short space of time.

What makes it different from previous malware exploits?

There are a number of aspects to this exploit that both make it difficult to remove and help it spread. Firstly, it is infecting users who are browsing legitimate websites, if these users are webmasters then it is infecting their websites by using their FTP credentials to inject the script onto their site. The obfuscated malicious code is dynamically generated. This makes it difficult to detect and difficult to automatically remove. Not only does the script vary from site to site but it can also vary from page to page on the one site.

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