The FBI is willing to pay top dollar to download some malware

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is willing to pay top dollar for the malicious, infectious software the rest of us pay to keep out of our computers, according to the Federal Business Opportunities website. A Monday price quote request by the Investigative Analysis Unit of the agency’s Operational Technology Division is asking computer security developers…

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February 7, 2014 | by

Boston Marathon Bombing Links May Hide Java-Based Exploits

PCMag: My social media accounts and email inbox are full of links to stories about the horrific incident in Boston earlier this week. I am reading about the victims, the bystanders and first responders that rushed to help, and looking for updates on the investigation. It turns out I should be careful about what links…

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April 17, 2013 | by

Russian malware spies on US ATMs

Security firm Group-IB has identified a malware program called Dump Memory Grabber that can take debit and credit card data from point-of-sale (POS) terminals and ATMs. The researchers say that the program has already been used to steal data from clients of US banks including Chase, Capital One, Citibank, and Union Bank N.A. as well…

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March 31, 2013 | by

Backdoor Uses Evernote as Command-and-Control Server

With its rich functionality and accessibility, Evernote is a popular note-taking tool for its many users. Unfortunately, it may also provide the perfect cover for cybercriminals’ tracks. We recently uncovered a malware that appears to be using Evernote as a communication and control (C&C) server. The malware attempts to connect to Evernote via, which…

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March 29, 2013 | by

Turkish FlashPlayer? no! It’s malware

I recently came across the file “FlashPlayer.exe” during the course of regular research. The file had been distributed with the file name FlashPlayer.exe and not surprisingly, when executed, it shows the following GUI, partly written in Turkish: Obviously, it’s disguised as an Adobe Flash Player 11 installer. Here is more info about the file: File…

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March 28, 2013 | by

Dorkbot worm lurks on Skype and MSN Messenger again

The Dorkbot/Rodpicom worm, which spreads via messaging applications and leads to additional malware infections, is currently doing rounds on Skype and MSN Messenger, warns Fortinet. The vicious circle starts with potential victims receiving a direct message from a contact, asking “LOL is this your new profile pic?[removed]”. Those who follow the link land on…

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February 11, 2013 | by

Narilam Worm manipulates databases in Iran

h-Online: Security firm Symantec has discovered a specialised worm called W32.Narilam that can compromise SQL databases. Symantec reports that the malware “speaks” Persian and Arabic and appears to target mainly companies in Iran. Narilam is, therefore, reminiscent of Stuxnet and its variants. Narilam spreads via USB flash drives and network shares. Once inside the system,…

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November 24, 2012 | by

Crisis malware infects VMware virtual machines The Windows version of the Crisis Trojan is far more dangerous than first thought, being capable of infecting VMware virtual machine images, Windows Mobile devices and removable USB drives, research has revealed. Crisis was originally uncovered targeting businesses with social engineering attacks that trick users into running a malicious Java applet in July. Symantec…

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August 23, 2012 | by

Bogus anti-hacking tool targets Syrian activists

h-online: Syrian activists, journalists and opposition group members are reportedly under attack by malware claiming to be a security tool that will help protect them against hackers. The fake “AntiHacker” tool is being spread through targeted phishing emails and via sites such as Facebook, and claims to provide “Auto-Protect & Auto-Detect & Security & Quick…

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August 19, 2012 | by