CVE-2024-3400: PAN-OS Command Injection Vulnerability in GlobalProtect Gateway. Learn More

CVE-2024-3400: PAN-OS Command Injection Vulnerability in GlobalProtect Gateway. Learn More

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Look What I Found: It's a Pony!

Every once in a while we get to peek into the lion's den, this time we'll be checking out a fairly large instance of the Pony botnet controller, containing a large amount of stolen credentials and other goodies.

Pony, for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of encountering it, is a bot controller much like any other: It has a control panel, user management, logging features, a database to manage all the data and, of course, statistics. It also seems to be doing these things right, as it appears to be popping up quite a bit lately.

This Pony, version 1.9as they tend to be these days, was a particularly diligent one and within a few days hundreds of thousands of credentials were stolen from its victims:

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Stolen Passwords by Day

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Breakdown of StolenCredentials per Browser, E-mail Client, and Domain

You may not think it by looking at these fairly professional statistics that wouldn't put a dignified piece of software to shame, but Pony's main business still remains theft: stolen credentials for websites, email accounts, FTP accounts, anything it can get its hands on- grabbed and reported back home.

It seems only fair, then, that we judge this Pony in numbers, so here they come…

A total of nearly 650,000 website credential stolen, with the top sites being:

~90,000 credentials for Facebook accounts

~25,000 credentials for Yahoo accounts

~20,000 credentials for Google accounts

.. And many more with lower individual numbers, but still amounting to the remaining 515,000 accounts.

Next in numbers were email accounts, with 17,000 compromised.

And for the frosting on these credential cake are 7,000 stolen FTP credentials.

It's a dangerous world out there; this is a single instance of a single botnet controller showing some pretty big numbers… Watch yourselves, and keep an eye out for those random ponies running around.

Customers of Trustwave Secure Web Gateway version 11.0 with the new Trojan Detection feature are protected against such bot communication.

I would like to thank my colleague, Daniel Chechik, for his help with the research put into this blog post.

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