A Look Inside the Phishing Tackle Shop

Multicolored pointillist abstract of a collection of lobster trap buoys hanging on exterior wall in New England, for decoration and background with maritime and coastal motifsThe sophisticated 16Shop phishing kit can now target PayPal and American Express users, according to researchers from ZeroFOX. The researchers came across a new version of 16Shop that includes a PayPal kit designed to steal a wide variety of financial and personal information from users who speak English, Japanese, Spanish, German and Thai. The kit’s product page also reveals the existence of a brand new “Amex Scampage.”

16Shop is a skillfully developed software-as-a-service application that criminals can purchase to automate phishing campaigns. The phishing kit has a well-designed user interface which makes it easy for attackers to set up and track their campaigns.

“The 16Shop kit panel is professionally done, with reactive elements and data updating in real time,” the researchers write. “Whether it’s login credentials collected, emails collected, credit cards, bots or clicks, kit operators are able to see the success of their operation in a quick and efficient manner. The goal of phishing kits is to make this experience seamless, so not-so-technical kit operators can deploy phishing pages without needing to understand the underlying protocols behind managing this infrastructure.”

In addition to its easy-to-use and appealing interface, 16Shop also contains several components under the hood that contribute to a phishing campaign’s success. It automatically blocks many IP addresses belonging to security companies, and it implements tools to prevent web crawlers from identifying fraudulent sites.

When 16Shop first appeared several years ago, it only targeted Apple users with a template designed to steal Apple ID credentials. Researchers at McAfee discovered in May 2019 that the kit’s developers had added an Amazon phishing template as well. ZeroFOX’s findings show that 16Shop is still under active development, with more improvements planned for the future.

Phishing kits like 16Shop significantly lower the bar to entry for this type of criminal activity, and they make it more likely that your employees will encounter sophisticated phishing sites. New-school security awareness training can help your employees avoid falling victim to these scams.

ZeroFOX has the story: https://www.zerofox.com/blog/16shop-adds-paypal-american-express-to-their-catalog/

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