This is the biggest browser based hacking operation we have seen in many years. Tech firm said criminals had used the notorious Angler Exploit malware tool to target tens of thousands of users every day. The users who are effected on daily basis with this operation is believed to be around 90,000.
Cisco has immediately released a patch , through Talos Group its security wing. They also released a guideline how the users can prevent themselves from becoming the victim of Angler Attacks but researchers said that this is not the end.
A security expert named Graham Cluley said in an statement to British media, “”We shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking Cisco’s action will serve a killer blow to the Angler Exploit Kit, but it will have bloodied its nose and disrupted the criminals’ activities”.
How Cisco Security Team discovered hacking operation.
The tech firm estimated that 50% of the Angler attacks it examine are happened on servers connecting to US based hosting providers.
The company believed that this a big blow to the emerging hacking economy, where ransomware and sale in Black market of stolen credit cards, stolen IPs, personally identifiable information are making billions of dollars every year.