Dark Web – Agora users targeted by a hacking campaign

Users of the popular Agora Dark Market have been targeted by unknown crooks who sent them malicious java script exploit that tries to steal their Bitcoin.

Users of the popular Agora Marketplace have been targeted by unknown crooks who sent them malicious messages trough their PM system. The messages contain a malicious java script exploit that was designed to drain the Bitcoins from the victim’s wallet.

“Immediately after I clicked to open the page, tons of Agora tabs opened up saying “Unable to withdraw amount: 1.0000000”, “Unable to withdraw amount: 2.0000000″, etc. and there were like at least 20 pages with different amounts. 2.0, 0.5, etc. Luckily I had only like $20 in my account.” reported one of the victims in a discussion started on Reddit.

The following image was reported by the popular deepdotweb.com:

When Agora users click the link in the message, the malicious JS code tries to exploit a CSRF vulnerability in the Dark Market to steal users fund from Agora’s wallet as well as changing the users PGP key and reset his PIN code.

As reported by DeepDotWeb, the exploit could be successfully exploited if the following conditions are respected:

The user has to have an active session open with Agora

The user must have JS enabled

See an unknown link and be dumb enough to click on it

The complete code of the malicious exploit is available on Pastebin.

In order for the exploit to work:

  • The user has to have an active session open with Agora
  • [The user ] Must have JS enabled
  • Victims click on the malicious link

Agora users are advised, don’t click on any link in a message, the suggestion is particulrly important for Agora vendors.

Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs –  Agora Dark market, cybercrime)

Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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