Warning: Menacing BlackHole Exploit Kit Targeting Windows PCs Now Available to Hackers for Free

Christmas has come early for novice hackers and criminals looking to get their share of the scam operatives flooding the Internet after someone publicly set free not one but two dangerous malware tools in just under 30 days.

Once available as a password protected archive, the Zeus malware kit and its password was recently released to the public - for free! And just when the underground world was beginning to settle, an earlier version of BlackHole, a malicious exploit kit, was also made available for free download on underground forums and shareware sites like the Hacker News.
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Zeus shot to fame after being used to successfully hack banking data and siphon millions from those compromised accounts. BlackHole, however, is relatively new and comes by way of drive-by downloads to infiltrate targets using Windows OS and applications to steal vital data, cheat PC users out of money, and remotely control the infected PC.

BlackHole runs around $1500 for an annual license, $1000 for a semi-annual license, and $700 per quarter license. Short-term rental agreements are an option for those seeking reduced rates per project or use. BlackHole is rumored to be user-friendly and offers an admin panel detailing success rate by vulnerability, OS, browser, and country. While the free release of BlackHole is an older version which does not accommodate newer vulnerabilities, I'm sure many, especially novice users, will not look a gift horse in the mouth.

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Attack toolkits such as Zeus and BlackHole contain stealth techniques that make them self-sustaining and great money-makers fueling the billion-dollar scamming industry. It seems a no brainer that the 'zero' investment is attracting newbees who want their own piece of the pie, making the malware duo a Bonnie and Clyde of modern day cyberthreats.

Aviv Raff, CTO at security tools firm Seculert was quoted as saying, "If the Zeus leak was like giving a machine gun away for free, giving away exploit kits is like providing the ammo." That being said, what will be your weapon of defense?

While most malware not only exploits cracks in software and hardware, many also depend on human behavior to help them load, install and execute their attacks. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, as drive-by attacks are on the rise and are made possible by exploit kits like BlackHole, who turn legitimate websites into traps for unsuspecting web surfers or visitors.

The only defense against such stealth malware is practicing good Internet safety and using good ole common sense.

Tips to consider in protecting your data and PC

  1. Selecting a reputable antimalware tool that combats stealth techniques such as rootkits and keeping it up to date. The best tools are ones who offer real-time definition updates.
  2. Staying atop of software upgrades that patch known vulnerabilities. Sadly, many users of are slow to patch frequently used software such as Adobe Reader and Flash, and Java.
  3. Verifying the source of dubious links or attachments.
  4. Consider Internet safety before clicking on some cute picture or sensationalized hyperlink laced in germs.
  5. Being cautions when visiting unsavory websites such as porn, illegal gaming or warez sites.
  6. Do not pirate software! (Such activity is illegal and punishable by law)
  7. Be careful when downloading freeware, shareware or codecs used to view movies or videos.

Cybercriminals are not going away too soon and with the release of free malware tools such as Zeus and BlackHole, the cybercrime family is going to only get bigger and that means more malware being released into cyberspace. Don’t wait until it is too late to protect your data, your PC and your loved ones' peace of mind. Start practicing good Internet security today and teach your family and friends to do the same.

If you are wondering who is behind the release, your guess is as good as ours. While those policing the Internet are identifying and arresting violators each and every day, money is the root of all evil and that evil is cybercrime.

Give us your thoughts on the latest cyber attacks and data hacks, and share what steps you feel should be taken to catch cybercriminals and shut down these underground forums that promote malware toolkits.

21 Comments

  • Kenneth riley:

    Why does my facebook have this email blackhole-1000109368794151452983208@devnull.Facebook.com some one is hacking me please remove that I have contacted facebook

  • Karen Bannan:

    The same thing has happened to me. How do we get rid of it. I'm sitting here quiet, when all of a sudden my music player starts playing my deceased finances favorite song he cherished after his dad was murdered. Please help me get rid of this. I'm extremely stressed out.

  • Sean James Wilson:

    My Original facebook have been hacked. It says my email is something like blackhole.463956.cdjcyg.com. Thats not the exact name but thats something like it. I can find that facebook on my other account on facebook but idk.

  • Arlene Ahlstrom:

    All of my accounts have been taken over by this virus...how do I get rid of it...As soon as I changed my number it reattached to my new number

  • Melissa:

    Fb said to confirm my email but some email I never seen shows up some black hole cr*p just trying to find out what it is and why it came up on my Fb ?

  • danielle rushing:

    Ive been hacked on my facebook phone and pc over this blackhole on fb please get it off my accounts and it hacked my old email

  • Ben Radcliffe:

    Blackhole was the last thing I seen on my old Facebook account about 6 months ago haven't been able to access it since and now it's on my new one

  • vance alan cole:

    My Facebook account has been hacked. what do I do?

  • Debbie Robinson-Franz:

    My Original facebook was also hacked. It said my primary email address was blackhole-100001864099309-14634081408184@devnull.facebook.com as my primary email address. I tried and dried to remove it using the "remove" icon, and return it to the primary email account listed below that (one of my two yahoo accounts which have also been backed by way of someone hacking into my I-phone. I was advised my cell carrier to immediately suspend my FB account (which I have), as my husband and I have now collected all the data from my cell carrier verifiying who did this, as are collecting all the digital data (I-phone) data from our Forensic Digital Anaylyst to proceed with pressing criminial charges.

  • Gail:

    Same thing with everyone elses comment, my facebook log in says that Blackhole then bunch of numbers.. so i guess that account was hacked? i have now gotten rid of that account..

  • someone:

    if your facebook has been hack juste change your facebook passeword so they wont be able to hack you anymore

  • maranda brister:

    After not bring able to sign into fb account for several months i was finally able to fo so however the backhole appeared.
    Ive had three accounts and believe my phone itself has been hacked. What do i do? How can i find out who done this?

  • Christine Resley:

    I am having the same problem and I contacted facebook several times how to get rid of this alternate email blackhole-100013831581500-1477875086@devnull.facebook.com, all they told me was to change my password I did that several times and still someone from NJ is accessing my account which caused a lot of hacking in my emails, and personnel information. I just closed all my media sites as far as emails, banking accounts and facebook until I can get this individual whoever it is caught.

  • Lucy:

    i can't get into my Instagram account and I am getting worried I know my password off by heart and it's not working
    I followers the question it told me to and it is still not working
    Please please help my I need to get on my account . Please help
    It's so annoying something has happened

  • Lucy:

    I've got the black hole thing attached to my Facebook, and I know my phone is being hacked!!! How and what do I do?

  • Linda:

    Can this "devnull" thing be accessed by anyone to hack accounts? Meaning, if there was, say, someone I know who wanted to cause problems, could they jack my account using it? Because I think that's exactly what happened to me today- three times, and also to my son at the same time. I have reason to suspect my estranged husband and/or his girlfriend of being behind it. I know that was the email used, because it showed up when I tried to log back into my game apps through Facebook once I changed my password.

  • Melinda Pride:

    I have been hacked , my e mail has been change to a real long one with devnull . Facebook . How do I get rif

  • Christine O'SHANASSY:

    My email address has been changed on some of my accs .usually i5 starts eith instagram and I hadn't installed it .it just appeared. I thought it was gone but it's back blackhole-100008210708259-1462446395@devnull.facebook.com

  • CL:

    Mine was also hacked with blackhole-100000225086554-1420834749@devnull.facebook.com... Id like to contact FACEBOOK for complete removal. It would be nice to have more answers.

  • Janice Mytton:

    this blackhole-1000109368794151452983208@devnull.Facebook.com has hacked my previous facebook account and now is on my new facebook account have anti virus and malaware protection think the problem is within facebook

  • Madison yetu:

    I can't assess my facebook account I keep seeing an account I don't know and all efforts to reopen my main fb account proven unsuccessful, please what can I do about this problem

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