September 23, 2023

You’ve in all probability by no means heard of “16Shop,” however there’s a great likelihood somebody utilizing it has tried to phish you.

A 16Shop phishing web page spoofing Apple and focusing on Japanese customers. Picture:

The worldwide police group INTERPOL said final week it had shuttered the infamous 16Shop, a preferred phishing-as-a-service platform launched in 2017 that made it easy for even full novices to conduct complicated and convincing phishing scams. INTERPOL mentioned authorities in Indonesia arrested the 21-year-old proprietor and certainly one of his alleged facilitators, and {that a} third suspect was apprehended in Japan.

The INTERPOL assertion says the platform bought hacking instruments to compromise greater than 70,000 customers in 43 nations. Given how lengthy 16Shop has been round and what number of paying clients it loved through the years, that quantity is nearly definitely extremely conservative.

Additionally, the sale of “hacking instruments” doesn’t fairly seize what 16Shop was all about: It was a totally automated phishing platform that gave its 1000’s of consumers a sequence of brand-specific phishing kits to make use of, and offered the domains wanted to host the phishing pages and obtain any stolen credentials.

Safety specialists investigating 16Shop discovered the service used an utility programming interface (API) to handle its customers, an innovation that allowed its proprietors to close off entry to clients who didn’t pay a month-to-month payment, or for these making an attempt to repeat or pirate the phishing equipment.

16Shop additionally localized phishing pages in a number of languages, and the service would show related phishing content material relying on the sufferer’s geolocation.

Numerous 16Shop lures for Apple customers in numerous languages. Picture: Akamai.

For instance, in 2019 McAfee discovered that for targets in Japan, the 16Shop equipment would additionally acquire Internet ID and Card Password, whereas US victims will likely be requested for his or her Social Safety Quantity.

“Relying on location, 16Shop can even acquire ID numbers (together with Civil ID, Nationwide ID, and Citizen ID), passport numbers, social insurance coverage numbers, kind codes, and credit score limits,” McAfee wrote.

As well as, 16Shop employed numerous tips to assist its customers’ phishing pages keep off the radar of safety corporations, together with a neighborhood “blacklist” of Web addresses tied to safety firms, and a characteristic that allowed customers to dam complete Web handle ranges from accessing phishing pages.

The INTERPOL announcement doesn’t identify any of the suspects arrested in reference to the 16Shop investigation. Nonetheless, numerous safety corporations — together with Akamai, McAfee and ZeroFox, beforehand linked the service to a younger Indonesian man named Riswanda Noor Saputra, who bought 16Shop underneath the hacker deal with “Devilscream.”

Based on the Indonesian safety weblog, Saputra admitted being the administrator of 16Shop, however informed the publication he handed the venture off to others by early 2020.

16Shop documentation instructing operators on tips on how to deploy the equipment. Picture: ZeroFox.

Nonetheless, Cyberthreat reported that Devilscream was arrested by Indonesian police in late 2021 as a part of a collaboration between INTERPOL and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Nonetheless, researchers who tracked 16Shop since its inception say Devilscream was not the original proprietor of the phishing platform, and he is probably not the final.


It isn’t unusual for cybercriminals to accidentally infect their own machines with password-stealing malware, and that’s precisely what appears to have occurred with one of many more moderen directors of 16Shop.

Constella Intelligence, a knowledge breach and menace actor analysis platform, now permits customers to cross-reference common cybercrime web sites and denizens of those boards with inadvertent malware infections by information-stealing trojans. A search in Constella on 16Shop’s area identify exhibits that in mid-2022, a key administrator of the phishing service contaminated their Microsoft Home windows desktop pc with the Redline information stealer trojan — apparently by downloading a cracked (and secretly backdoored) copy of Adobe Photoshop.

Redline infections steal gobs of knowledge from the sufferer machine, together with a listing of current downloads, saved passwords and authentication cookies, in addition to browser bookmarks and auto-fill information. These information point out the 16Shop admin used the nicknames “Rudi” and “Rizki/Rizky,” and maintained several Fb profiles underneath these monikers.

It seems this person’s full identify (or no less than a part of it) is Rizky Mauluna Sidik, and they’re from Bandung in West Java, Indonesia. One in every of this person’s Fb pages says Rizky is the chief govt officer and founding father of an entity known as BandungXploiter, whose Facebook page signifies it’s a group centered primarily on hacking and defacing web sites.

A LinkedIn profile for Rizky says he’s a backend Internet developer in Bandung who earned a bachelor’s diploma in data know-how in 2020. Mr. Rizky didn’t reply to requests for remark.