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Malware: An Inside Look at the Russian Business Network

by Shanmuga

"A new white paper published by the nonprofit botnet-tracker Shadowserver Foundation sheds some light on one segment of activity on the Russian Business Network (RBN). Shadowserver released its findings on malware associated with the so-called AS40989 group of interconnected IP networks on the RBN.

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Malware: Warning on stealthy Windows virus

by Shanmuga

"Security experts are warning about a stealthy Windows virus that steals login details for online bank accounts. In the last month, the malicious program has racked up about 5,000 victims – most of whom are in Europe. Many are falling victim via booby-trapped websites that use vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s browser to install the attack code.

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Malware: A Wi-Fi virus outbreak? Researchers say it is possible

by Shanmuga

"If criminals were to target unsecured wireless routers, they could create an attack that could piggyback across thousands of Wi-Fi networks in urban areas like Chicago or New York City, according to researchers at Indiana University. The researchers estimate that a Wi-Fi attack could take over 20 000 wireless routers in New York City within […]

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Malware: New Malware Demands Pay-By-Phone ‘Activation Fee’

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft may have decided to drop the "kill switch" it developed to penalize Windows Vista users who failed to activate their operating system software, but criminal hackers are taking up the slack. A new Trojan called Backdoor.Win32.Delf.ctk is capable of locking users out of vulnerable systems and demanding a pay-by-phone activation fee.

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Malware: Come see the softer side of spyware

by Shanmuga

"The story goes like this: late last year, Sears.com and Kmart.com began asking users if they wanted to participate in a "community" online (presumably a community made up of Sears and Kmart aficionados). In late December, security researcher Benjamin Googins at Computer Associates noticed, however, that the "community" actually installed software from comScore, a market […]

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Malware: Malware Evolving Too Fast for Antivirus Apps

by Shanmuga

"If you think that the latest security suites afford complete protection against malware attacks, think again. Today’s for-profit malware pushers use dedicated test labs and other increasingly professional techniques to improve their chances of infecting your computer. And the techniques they employ to outpace security software makers appear to be working.

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Malware: How Antivirus Programs (Don’t) Work

by Shanmuga

"For over 25 years, the computer community has been dealing with malicious software. These little pieces of malware started as minor pranks and theoretical explorations into subverting security controls, but soon developed into more malicious programs that have left a significant impact on the computing community. Over the last decade we have seen viruses/Trojans/worms wreck […]

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Malware: Hackers exploit Bhutto assassination

by Shanmuga

"Searches for news about Bhutto’s killing and the ensuing chaos in Pakistan listed sites pimping a bogus video coder/decoder (codec), said analysts at McAfee Inc., Symantec Corp. and WebSense Inc. For instance, WebSense found such a site simply by using "benazir" to search on Google. Meanwhile, McAfee quickly located 10 sites hosted on Blogger.com, Google […]

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Malware: Storm switches tactics third time, adds rootkit

by Shanmuga

"The ongoing Storm Trojan attack that began Monday has morphed again, security researchers said today, changing the malicious file’s name, shifting to new malware hosting servers, and adding a rootkit to cloak the bot code from anti-virus software.

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Security: IT security in 2008 not looking too great

by Shanmuga

"…according to Paul Henry, a longtime industry expert who currently wears the title of "vice president of technology evangelism" at security gateway maker Secure Computing, 2008 is shaping up to be even worse than any year in the past. (Consider that according to McAfee, 2007 was by far the worst year ever for malware exploits, […]

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Malware: Analysis of the Pushdo Trojan

by Shanmuga

"SecureWorks anti-malware guru Joe Stewart, a veteran reverse-engineer who spends the majority of his time breaking apart malware samples, said the control server that powers Pushdo is preloaded with about 421 different malware executables—waiting to be delivered to infected Windows machines.

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