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Image via Flickr user ♀Μøỳαл_Bгεлл♂ These days, mobile phones are capable of sending emails, checking Facebook, playing streaming music, and a whole bag of other tricks.  They’re essentially small computers that transport your digital persona wherever you go.  The emergence … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Rev Dan Catt Businesses be warned: according to the FBI, hackers have stolen millions of dollars from small to medium-sized American companies by making unauthorized bank transfers to Chinese companies.  While it’s not a new … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Sam Howzit Just like that, almost 80 million PlayStation owners became victims of one of the biggest cases of data theft ever.  The data robbery occurred between April 17th and 19th, and Sony had to … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user debaird The plot in the ongoing Stuxnet story thickens…  Iranian officials have not only recently accused the U.S. and Israel of creating the Stuxnet worm as a direct attack on Iranian industry, but a high-ranking … Continue reading

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By Alan Lee – PC Tools Malware Research Team With all the fake security applications out there, you’d think we’d have learned our lesson by now–but not so.  Fake security applications, commonly known as FakeAVs, continue to be effective and … Continue reading

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A recent malware episode in the UK serves as an important reminder that malware can even infect prominent, presumably trustworthy websites.  Tens of thousands of people in the UK are thought to have fallen victim to the malware attack.

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Two years after it first appeared, the Conficker worm still poses a threat even though it has been relatively quiet as of late.  Since it first emerged, the Conficker Working Group, a team of experts who collectively work to fight … Continue reading

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When you’re in the business of directing people to websites, not taking them to sites riddled with harmful malware is a priority.  As the world’s most popular search engine, and with a very important reputation at stake, Google is focusing … Continue reading

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The message board site 4Chan has learned the hard way that what goes around, does indeed come around.  On December 28th, 4Chan’s site was taken down by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.  Typically, DDoS attacks involve inundating a … Continue reading

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25 years after the first computer virus was ever created, the malware distribution business is booming and vying for legitimacy.  Especially prominent is the rise of attack toolkits, also known as crimeware.  A recent report (PDF) revealed that attack toolkits … Continue reading

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In early 2009, an unsuspecting grandmother looking for gifts for her grandchildren online was suddenly redirected to a website containing child-pornography.  She alerted the Italian Postal and Communications Police (PPC), who began monitoring the activity of the illicit pages.  Their … Continue reading

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Cyber security blogger and malware researcher Dancho Danchev’s whereabouts have been unknown since September of 2010.  The details surrounding Danchev’s sudden disappearance are unclear to say the least, and one of his colleagues, Ryan Naraine, is asking for any information … Continue reading

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One of the largest, most consistent ongoing problems that we see is related to not-so-underground software piracy. Users of Limewire, BearShare, Frostwire and visitors of a certain pirate’s cove consistently see one family of trojans prevented on their systems. Whether … Continue reading

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We saw the FakeAV groups brazenly modifying victim systems HOSTS files recently, attempting to fool users into thinking that they are visiting real/legitimate review sites. There’s a first for everything, and this time we are seeing the first worm specifically … Continue reading

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The art world, no stranger to scandal, has seen its share of polarizing projects. The following theme, computer viruses as art, is a bit dated, as the oldest reference hails from 2001. Judging, however, from instances still occurring in late … Continue reading

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Earlier this week, we first posted our usual warning about the spike in Koobface threats that our ThreatFire users were seeing. That post set off some interest in the worm again. The last spike in the worm coincided with Dancho … Continue reading

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With each new cybersecurity report and study, it appears that every variety of cybercrime is increasing at an unstoppable rate – from a surge in banking trojans to an increase in the production of malware. Yet, despite these grim statistics, … Continue reading

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Ever since it first hit the news in June, the story behind the Stuxnet worm has continued to evolve, gaining importance as new bits of information have come to light.  Some researchers call the malware “groundbreaking” and say that it’s … Continue reading

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Imagine you received the following email: Subject: Here you have Hello: This is The Document I told you about, you can find it Here. (malicious link) Please check it and reply as soon as possible. Cheers, If you received the … Continue reading

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Melissa Combine the illicit thrill of an exotic dancer with the manipulative genius of a hacker and you have one of the worst computer viruses of all time. Melissa was created by David L. Smith, named for his favorite Friday … Continue reading

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The main difference between free antivirus products and purchased antivirus products lies in level of protection. Free antivirus products only protect against previously known threats – a good starting point, but one that might be trouble if you are a … Continue reading

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Malware Warning What is Clickjacking?  The newest Facebook threat tricks users into “liking” a page within Facebook, then suggests that page to your friends.  The “liked” page may contain malicious links to non-secure sites outside of Facebook.  It also damages … Continue reading

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Fake antivirus software accounts for 15 percent of all malware on the web, according to a study recently released by Google. From January 2009 to February 2010, researchers for the search engine analyzed 240 million webpages and found more than … Continue reading

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     Koobface is a network worm that tries to propagate using social engineering techniques. While it mainly targets the popular social-networking site “Facebook”, it also targets other sites such as “Twitter” and “MySpace” as the vector for infection.      On … Continue reading

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Another earthquake has struck, another hot news, and another vector of malware infection. Scientists may say that these series of earthquakes were just a coincidence and the end of the world is far from beginning. But in most probability, hours … Continue reading

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The Koobface gang’s changing tricks and longevity are noted at a recent USAToday article. They’ve recently upped their activity on a major social networking site and user infections appear to have a quick jump. The current theme has been effective … Continue reading

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In this era of spywares, file infectors have little exposure left. But nevertheless, they are still a challenge to antimalware engineers. Years ago, the names Nimda and CIH were famous in both the malware and antimalware industry. These past few … Continue reading

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Shortly after the Haiti earthquake incident, the world is rocked again with the news of the Chile earthquake. And with the wave of searches on google about the Chile earthquake, malware authors have once again taken this opportunity to proliferate … Continue reading

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Previous post described the installation process of the trojan and its backdoor commands. Now it’s time to inspect its connection details, in particular – where does it retrieve the host name of the remote command-and-control (C&C) server. The source code … Continue reading

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The Google compromise in China story builds interest as Microsoft released an advisory and blog post on the relevant Internet Explorer browser vulnerability, crediting “details” to Google, Mandiant and others. A number of factors are unfolding a dramatic story here, … Continue reading

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