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The Master Hacker Menagerie

Gold phish to the right, perky Trojan horsey to the left. JUST DON

Universal Trouble Circus presents:


From a land far, far away, touring the virtual world for the FIRST TIME EVER, dethroner of the dove, new symbol of global peace and everlasting love: the Hackosaur. As you stand back in awe and instantly erase from your mind any recollection of past episodes of the endless “Stay away from hacking tools” saga, let me point your attention to the Hackosaurus’ amazing characteristics. It’s a ZIP, not an EXE. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! So it cannot possibly be bad. Nonono. The tag around its neck clearly states that an antivirus will slap your hand and send you play with other pets if you try to access the link it carries around. But it’s the Hackosaurus! It’s magic.

Magic indeed! Play catch with the Hackosaurus, and you’ll get Trojan bitten.

Once you’ve added everything Hackosaurus to your list of allergies, as you’re already on the way to building a stronger virtual immune system, let’s see how you cope with some Twitter “seefood”.

Stalkulus Magicus. Cold-blooded phish suffering from chronic data-eating disorder.

It looks like an app, a noteworthy peculiarity in the phishing landscape, but it does nothing in the manner of an app. This permission granting stage is a fake and so are the results of the app’s so-called stalker ID-ing activity.


This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Tudor Florescu, BitDefender Online Threats Analyst.

All product and company names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and are the property of, and may be trademarks of, their respective owners.


About the author

Ioana Jelea

Ioana Jelea has a disturbing (according to friendly reports) penchant for the dirty tricks of online socialization and for the pathologically mesmerizing news trivia. From gory, though sometimes fake, death reports to nip slips and other such blush-inducing accidents, her repertoire is an ever-expanding manifesto against any Victorian-like frame of thought that puts a strain on online creativity. She would like to keep things simple, but she never does.