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Из России с любовью

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A site popped up with the domain name and within the pages (other than malware lurking for an IE exploit) sits all kinds of personal financial data for famous people. Among the people hit on this site were the likes of Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, FBI Director Mueller and others. The data on the site seems to be somewhat legit and soon after the page made a splash in the news the DOJ (FBI) Secret Service (USSS) and others had the governmental people’s links pulled off of cloudflair’s servers. After looking at some of the data myself before it was pulled I thought I would just have a look-see at this domain and what I could gather as to who was doing it. After some Maltego (RADIUM) work I began to realize that this all seemed to be emanating out of Russia. The domain was registered using an email address for “” which upon further searches turned up a den of sketchy sites.

Domain Data:

domain: EXPOSED.SU
person: Private Person
registrar: REGTIME-REG-FID
created: 2013.03.06
paid-till: 2014.03.06
free-date: 2014.04.08
source: TCI

Last updated on 2013.03.14 17:21:38 MSK

I then followed up with searches for email addresses and attendant domains attached to them. What I found was a pattern of behavior showing that most of these email addresses were for scam sites, free MP3 or video sites, and one forum for all kinds of coding and what looks to be scam techniques. Basically, I think that whoever set up this site is affiliated with and or Legato LLC (scammers) and the information and connections you will see below. Of note though is that in the case of the site there is nothing that directly ties it to anyone in particular. However, once you start digging around you can make connections between individuals and groups including addresses/persons involved in the ZEUS botnet.


domain:        ALLPERSON.RU
person:        Andrej V Punegov
phone:         **********
registrar:     REGTIME-REG-RIPN
created:       2007.09.25
paid-till:     2008.09.25 was a service/site that had about 5 email servers and was originally registered back in 2008. As you can see from the above domain data it was registered by a “Andrej V Punegov” Searches for Andrej give up a laundry list of sites and data that he has been affiliated with in the past. Not much more comes up in the “Googles” so I will leave it at that for the moment. The list of sites though that he has registered is long so it is likely that this is another player who has moved on to bigger and better scams… If that is a real name at all. The email address provided also gives up some interesting hits including an IRC site which I will leave for another day.

Another interesting email address in the set was This address was directly tied to the ZEUS botnet that was taken down by M$ and is listed in the plaintiff filing  So here we have a direct tie of this allperson domain to Zeus and only a handful of email addresses. Could it be that this is all tied together? In fact, look at the email name “” the same format as … Coincidence?

dema ndsu_ZEUS


Проверка домена
created: 2006.06.29


Registration date: 2007-11-02
Last updated: 2012-02-11
Expiration date: 2013-11-02
Owner, Administrative, Technical Contacts:
Email: [4 domains use this email]
Name: Evgenij Ermolenko [4 domains use this name]
Phone: +3.80976061100 [4 domains use this phone]
Address: Katyuzhanka
Kiev Oblast,07313
The IP belongs to ISP COLOCALL LTD

Then there is which has an interesting history and present. It ties to a domain/site which happens to be a little forum for what looks to be warez and other illicit things as well as possibly a hub for site design and programming. The owner of this site also listed as an alternate email address. Following up on this address we get information that shows this email was used on 4 domains and within that you get a new name: Evgenij Ermolenko who has quite the digital breadcrumb trail to follow. Now Evgenij’s site has also been shown to be a site for infecting phones with trojans (see above) and seems to be quite the player here in the world of malware and scams.

Evgenij… Time to worry a little I think. Probably not much as you are located in Oblast, or Moscow, or.. Who the hell knows. The fact of the matter is you are one of those Russian bandito boys that pretty much never gets caught by the long arm of the law right?

Legato LLC




Then there is Legato LLC. This is an interesting little corporation out of Oblast (coincidences coincidences) that has had it’s share of run in’s with illegality. Under private ownership it is alleged to have been created in 1970? It’s *cough* businesses cover anything from advertising to email and information technology. Hmmmm one wonders if they had a hand in the creation of and maybe still have some email servers that are being pointed at? Either way, it seems that Legato may have also been involved in the ZEUS botnet as well because the players here all seem to be connected by their digital trails as well as penchants for naming conventions. One of the scam sites was geo electronics and it seems that they were in the business of straight out fraud as well as money laundering and mule recruitment. Oh yeah, it’s getting deep now eh? It would seem that this rabbit hole goes on further but I am getting claustrophobic in it so I will leave off here with the detective work.


Ok so what do we have? Well, we have a constellation of sites tied to an old defunct email system that seems to have ties to Legato LLC and to Zeus as well as money laundering and such. Why then does this site pop up and start dumping data on famous people’s credit histories? Histories and information that may not in fact be correct to begin with? Even though the USSS and FBI are looking into this I have to wonder if the data was correct. I am hearing that some of the phone numbers were not right at all and that this all really ties back to some hack on credit services this week. What is the motive here? Well, the Twitter feed and one of the links seem to point to someone with a grudge against the LAPD (re the Dorner affair) and the police in Russia. Since the twitter feed is down I missed the tweet that mentioned that but meh, I am not the caring at present.

Could this be an Anon motivated kind of thing? Well, the imgur picture of the girl on the page does come from an anonymous tied/named site but that is really tenuous to start but it could be. Overall though this site and the data seems to have rankled the feds a bit so maybe it was just for the lulz. Could this person just have access to the site data and used it to make this site and make it look like it came from Russia? Maybe.. But overall the feel of it and the acillary data seems to show that it was someone involved in the Russian sites including Zeus. PERHAPS they are just pissed off that their money making scheme vis a vis ZEUS got shut down?

That’s a lot of maybes huh? But hey, them’s the internetz kids. Your mileage may vary but keep an eye on this one because I am sure there are more than a few subpoena’s going out to Cloudflair where this is all hosted. One of the funniest things about this site though was that one of the links was to a credit dispute site. Now that’s cheeky!


Written by Krypt3ia

2013/03/14 at 18:02

Posted in Blackhat, Cracking, crime

PLC Controlers, Stuxnet, and Kinetic Attacks: Blackhat 2011

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Since the advent of Stuxnet, the problem of SCADA (PLC) systems and their control vulnerabilities has become the focus of the world. In that this seems to be the new flavor of the day because someone (A nation state actor) decided to use those known vulnerabilities (at least 10 years worth of them) to exploit the Siemens systems at Natanz and Bushehr nuclear facilities in Iran we now have a new form of terrorist attack as Cofer Black pointed out in the keynote to Blackhat.

Dillon Beresford presented a talk on the Siemens 7 system vulnerabilities at Blackhat yesterday and did a great engineering job on the Siemens PLC system 7 attacks. However, in being so close to the subject, at least in the presentation, he seemed ill equipped to understand some of the ramifications of the exploit that was used against Iran and the amount of work that had to go into it to pull it off.

I say this because of the offhand comment that a single actor (hacker in a basement) could in fact have come up with the exploit code and he is technically right. He has singly come up with more exploit code and plugins to Metasploit to prove it, but, the attack on Iran was more complex than just exploit code for a Siemens 7 PLC. This too seemed to elude him in the statement that he did no understand the reasoning for the pivot point of the Windows machines that were infected with the worm that injected the code into the system 7.

The reasons for the attack vector pivot point is simply this;

The actors who created this exploit(s) wanted to be able to infect non connected systems at key hardened facilities that they did not have access to. Facilities that may have had regular network connections that might allow access to the worm and thus infect not only one site but many and not just the PLC systems themselves. This attack was multi purpose and needed to be persistent for a long time in order to carry out its mission goal.

And the goals seem pretty evident now:

Have the centrifuges eat themselves

Have the product from the centrifuges be compromised and thus put Iran’s nuclear program even further back.

The fact is, that the exploit code for the PLC’s was small in comparison to the amount of work and 0day that went into the worm itself. This is a key feature of the attack and something that Beresford seemed to miss. The worm was indeed the delivery system and it was likely carried into the Bushehr facility by a contractor (my thought is Russian as they were working on the Iranian program and had access) on a USB stick. Once inside, the malware had the ability to detect, spread, and inject the exploit code specific to the Siemens PLC systems at those facilities.

This brings me to a second point on all of this. The intelligence needed to know exactly what systems the Iranians had was something only a nation state actor could really have the resources to gather. This was in fact a nation state attack from all the signs of it. That it used exploits for SCADA systems that were known to be vulnerable for some time is the only twist. However, that twist had been used in the past and as long ago as the Reagan era.

An attack on a Russian pipeline was eventually disclosed by the CIA as a worm that attacked the systems of the pipeline (i.e. the PLC’s controlling the pressure of the gas) and caused a 3 kiloton explosion. This worm was likely created by the CIA and used to help dismantle the USSR.. Well at least cause some heavy damage to a pipeline that was in contention at the very least. So, this type of attack is NOT NEW. It was a quietly known vector of attack as far back (publically) as 2004 when it was revealed to the public at large, but much longer known about in intelligence circles.

The short and long, the exploits may be new in some cases, but, the type of attack is not at all.

The real difference today though is that we have the hacker community out there able to get their hands on code easily and even perhaps the PLC systems themselves to create even more exploits. Add to this that many SCADA systems have been connected to the Internet (as they should NEVER BE) ripe for attack and we have a big problem. However, the proof of concept now is out there, the exploit code is available and all it will take is an aggressor tenacious enough to write the malware to have another Stuxnet type attack on less hardened systems. An attack that could bring down the grid, cause the poop factory to explode and leak into our drinking water, or, like in Russia, have our pipelines explode in 3 kiloton explosions.

This Dillon is the key point and I know you get that. So, lets extrapolate further, how about in future conferences we have more of what Dillon did. He went to Siemens and gave them the exploit code and showed them the problems. They, unlike many companies, are taking up the challenge and not trying to hide the problems but instead are actively working on them to re-mediate. The next step is to go to EVERY PLC maker (wink wink Big O and the Administration.. Oh DHS maybe?) and bitch slap them into doing something about the problems? As Dillon pointed out, these systems are pretty open and inter-operable, so the code is likely to be just as bad everywhere.

If we don’t.. We are likley to wake up one day to a big explosion and it may just be an accident.. Or, it could be another targeted attack like Stuxnet.


PS.. One small thing Dillon.. Please, attend Toastmasters. I think it would help you greatly. You speak too softly and did not enunciate.