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What is in an exploit kit or exploit pack?

By ATB Financial 22 November 2018 1 min read

What is in an exploit kit or exploit pack?


If this is the first time you’ve heard this term, you’re not alone. As originally published and described by Trend Micro, an exploit kit is a type of toolkit cybercriminals use to attack vulnerabilities in your systems so they can distribute malware or perform other malicious activities. These exploit kits are a cyber criminal’s greatest weapon against you, your business, and all of your private information.

A typical exploit kit usually provides a management console -a bunch of vulnerabilities targeted to different applications - and several add-on functions that make it easier for a cybercriminal to launch an attack.

4 stages or steps on how an exploit kit works

  1. Contact: The attacker uses spammed email, social engineering lures or malicious advertisement (malvertisement) to make people click the link of an exploit kit server.

  2. Redirect: The exploit kit generator screens its target and filters out victims..

  3. Exploit: Victims are then directed into the exploit kit’s landing page to determine which vulnerabilities should be used in the attack.

  4. Infect: The attacker then downloads and executes malware in the victim’s system.

This may seem scary, but there are ways to protect yourself from cyber attacks and prevent accidentally activating an exploit kit. If you want to learn more about how to protect your organization from exploit kits, or how to assess your vulnerability, check out the original article from Trend Micro.


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Information found in this article comes from Trend Micro.

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