Bedep Description

Type: Backdoors

Bedep is one of the threat infections that is being used to take advantage of a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash uncovered recently. A variant of Bedep is being used to infect computer users and profit at the expense of computer users. One alarming fact about these attacks is that the zero-day Flash vulnerability was implemented into the attacks less than a week after it was discovered. In the world of PC security, time is of the essence. Third parties being able to leverage a zero-day vulnerability so fast after its discovery, well before Adobe can release a patch fixing the vulnerability, is an alarming prospect and has made many people rethink current strategies used in cyber-security.

The Harm Caused by Bedep and Threats Associated with these Attacks

Bedep attacks may involve corrupted advertisements inserted into advertising networks using various fraudulent practices. The Angler Exploit Kit had incorporated the Flash vulnerability shortly after its discovery and was using it to distribute Bedep. After the Black Hole Exploit Kit was mostly defeated in 2014, the Angler Exploit Kit has been on the rise, probably making it the likeliest successor to the infamous BlackHole. Bedep has also been associated with the Hanjuan Exploit Kit, which is used to connect affected PCs to the botnet in order to use them to carry out other attacks.

What is the Main Purpose of Bedep Attacks

The main purpose of Bedep attacks is to connect infected computers into a botnet. A botnet is a collection of infected computers that may be controlled by third parties in order to carry out coordinated attacks. Holding the power of hundreds or even thousands of infected computers, people may carry out a wide variety of threatening tasks using the victims' PCs, often without the computer users' knowledge. The following are some examples of tasks that may be carried out with a botnet:

  • Botnets may be used to carry out DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on specific websites. This means that the botnet may flood a Web page with requests in order to make it slow down drastically or shut down entirely.
  • Botnets may be used to send out millions of spam email messages every day, often distributing other threats to unsuspecting victims.
  • The power of a botnet may be leveraged to distribute or hide illegal activities, such as hiding pornography on unsuspecting computer users' PCs, laundering money, or using the computers in the botnet to anonymize a connection in order to hide from security researchers.

Bedep attacks may begin when a website that has been infected contains corrupted advertisements. These may be inserted using advertisement fraud routines or other threats that are used to compromise a specific website. These advertisements may be used to force computer users to visit attack websites containing exploit kits or to deliver Bedep directly. There are several reasons why Bedep has managed to maintain a low profile. In many cases, it has been unnoticed because Bedep uses advanced encryption. Bedep may also disguise its files as legitimate files to prevent detection.

Bedep and Zero-Day Security Flaws

The high number of recent zero-day vulnerabilities in cross-platform components such as Flash or Java has increased worries about current computer security models being possibly updated. Cybercrooks have gotten more efficient at leveraging these vulnerabilities, as can be observed by the quick adoption of these flaws to distribute Bedep in only a few days. This has made many computer security researchers consider that prevention in all areas may the key strategy in dealing with these threats in the future. Computer users can prevent attacks by ensuring that they are well protected with the best security software and an awareness of how these types of attacks work.

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File System Details

Bedep creates the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detection Count
1 01eff55c3adb654afa33bee64578bd8706086f5277a76600c8d76956763bfc89.exe d0aa4d1a826fd98303c488bdedde9c2a 0
2 0269b2eedbf8b837473070a48606b6da3219d76d434393de8d143062f4e24f87.exe 04ae37a5f36f34345e8d9eebbae75f13 0
3 07df6f7d87b8ad19527647714a4dd90f3d92128ca5b56b3b27e07a5243d1e4a6.exe a942e048ddde617452aa208326a6f5e6 0
4 0b05a9071cbda6201c868392c542895bbf831055512ea0041a698fa7cd309a61.exe 33e277c0a7ce79f145b30cd16ca1d097 0
5 121ba5f7b57d9c34ac0e810ba3d8bc260bf9203bd0d9b91a516b7d83e615b001.exe aa24ac5e9ba18419d675dc5b3fb91e1c 0
6 4cf3a689b6282a7b3b47309040f9d39a5b9189d59ac8a1d2d37936dfa5715f23.exe 886599dcc08fcc8947237f4c755ee7ae 0
7 51cfbc5a961745b635e48f252bd4b644cf47d0190c90d976c08c6251f3ee5add.exe d0a9a1b70f2725acc38c473a2d3805f0 0
8 5cfc7667857c03e5bb43b4ea5436c86299adaab771f01695617a86caf4b64246.exe e54e7d2323a16d7bc481cc19927d945f 0
9 5fbf20d50b8bde8915016cb414392e885574592c7e673c6be1654796168414b2.exe c6bdc9e1f594ca4f8134da9cb94f988b 0
10 81326b5ea965383cebcea6ee6a4afd3faf912d4563f413b3a89948020142dca8.exe 05de59e50b456f7b01237aa3e4c6340d 0
11 8a8daa131de48f14f7ad9fece9ec734e167a9f35389e7f097d036ed6cafdcd4c.exe 458ba0984ae8f6a7176f33442eaaadb7 0
12 93053d4261d0d9e0a832a48484d19af8205d4d686b15e4f2900256d9d82f4fd9.exe a5235035ed1f18def64ee9b90a62f85c 0
13 95525ee68803bc5cc3ee542a592cccf0053247c023c61bbd2775313658f827f0.exe d288a4885a236b4fa7cbd3ca3a925dc3 0
14 9902b7243adce607399eff377d531a651625bfd01b5c324959f162847f1edf33.exe c5ef964291627e83639bc475d7da44dc 0
15 9b0d9aadc62c192b6fcff910caada118738c41f16f74e718a8c0171707250074.exe a927a3d2ad3cbeb2e62262e8d3b3b47d 0
16 9bf71590e07813df52989ea7eab146dffd9dce9ffe93aab40e3a8bacd40fc579.exe 802c3cd2758654b7a73bea84659104d1 0
17 9eb5d30dbeed42f3bc6af0996e73d16ac81dc451c0a882091c3da9544eeaedfc.exe 69d0047127c540ff68dbc8cec45b39b1 0
18 9ed94e4071e5dc740ba7b3e6da2a27bfc4236352eb5f3acea31ef2fcc459cae3.exe 7e483b157e5ec3e80d2666cd03e989cb 0
19 b2e18acd6ba6937da5c49d18e868ea99f45e15557c773e7f45929fe6f6a4c98b.exe 3983908ec5639ba900c4f0a31f7b35d7 0
20 b31a370383308efab127cc0b5bb2a8161c5de232d8c48a9cfce2049568747aab.exe d432041e281148d5fb3306c5a15f6f36 0
21 be9ba85eef3c8f113a08aa127093020f901fe833d0540727bfd8fa390937c43f.exe 98d7056200f1c43c9e9d0c2cd1e1b25c 0
22 cf57b3a289ad32d4ee6550d539a0bd8f2a031c0596fdc9240f8c26db02529e99.exe ef2640a2bfa57a7ef281f815e9f98a2e 0
23 d662f3e7fe3ffb9f1ad8135eef93b01bdceff8ae693cffb8c2c4101a339dcdb8.exe b4ce1ef1de0ea5354ec4c6cb3fd31f54 0
24 ebc794719c35f3a714c1d34250b01786ab6d449103493337e2fdce81e2100aea.exe d0a98fc66191f1c56add9f9accd97aa9 0
25 f6242dd236ef360220ee5ef6b47c3a4c05f122fa681313e7c5e7734bcbf8b624.exe 5df249e246f889b1d10a737728135cb3 0
26 fbc36c1cd8b9e8885f894daba620bb97bd1bf3af527396edb7723e2f9f5f8a68.exe e5d4caec558af692d7930d60f34f68ee 0
27 fe2e645776280d03def4afa7070952a34c234acd7e8d529bcd2e27511f5a312d.exe 12a91cb80a5c38cf1d3dfd24fbc09430 0
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Registry Details

Bedep creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
Registry key

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