Blog Posts Tagged with "malware"


What Exactly is Internet Safety Anyhow?

September 23, 2012 Added by:Theresa Payton

What does Internet safety mean to the average person? It may vary depending upon age, how you use the internet, and the type of work that you do that involves the digital world. Here are some sobering statistics that might give you a perspective...

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Death Match: Peter the Great Versus Sun Tzu

September 21, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

The paper, “Peter the Great Versus Sun Tzu” alleges that a comparison can be made between the varying actors in malware creation. They have broken this down into a battle royal between the “Asians” and the “Eastern Europeans” which is just patently stupid...

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Sophos is the Lamest Virus Ever...

September 21, 2012 Added by:Damion Waltermeyer

Starting September 19, Sophos successfully became the lamest virus ever. An update put out by their auto-update service has rendered many machines across the world useless. This update detected false positives and deleted or quarantined them...

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Detecting Window Stations and Clipboard Monitoring Malware with Volatility

September 19, 2012 Added by:Michael Ligh

Explore undocumented windows kernel data structures related to window station objects and the clipboard. Detect clipboard-snooping malware using Volatility - an advanced memory forensics framework...

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State-Sponsored Attacks or Not? That's the Question...

September 18, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

Despite the use of cyber weapons and the damage caused by offensive operations being major concerns for intelligence agencies, clues are frequently discovered about attacks designed to steal sensitive information and intellectual property. Who is behind these cyber attacks?

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FireEye Advanced Threat Report: The Inadequacy of Defenses

September 12, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

The security firm FireEye has released an interesting report that provides an overview of the current threat landscape, evolving malware, advanced persistent threat (APT) tactics, and the level of infiltration seen in organizations’ networks today. The report presents an alarming scenario ...

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There is No Need for a Cybersecurity Executive Order

September 11, 2012 Added by:Richard Stiennon

Forcing utility operators, banks, and earth resources companies to comply with frameworks based on outmoded asset and vulnerability methodologies will distract them from implementing threat based defenses. The Executive Order, if issued, will do much more harm than good...

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Elderwood Project: Who is Behind Aurora and Ongoing Attacks?

September 10, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

The attacks appeared to be originated in China and aimed at dozens of other organizations who were hit, of which Adobe Systems and Juniper Networks confirmed the incident. The press is also convinced that other companies were targeted such as Morgan Stanley, Northrop Grumman and Yahoo...

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Three Days of The Condor... With Malware

September 07, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

Pandora’s box has been opened. All the players are taking the field, and many of them may not be ready to play a proper game… Shamoon did it’s thing, but it seems to be more a brute force tool than an elegant piece of code and a slick plan. The blowback though is yet to be determined...

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As BYOD Trend Grows So Do Malware Attacks

September 06, 2012 Added by:Bill Gerneglia

The report found that the majority of employee’s devices did not have any form of security software loaded nor were company materials protected. The new report provides detailed assessments of the mobile security threat and the growing market for security solutions...

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Research Sheds Light on New Surveillance Apps for Smartphones

September 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The FinSpy Mobile analysis will allow vulnerable and at-risk users to better understand the threat of government surveillance and make better judgements to protect their security and privacy. This software is sophisticated and powerful...

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ICS-CERT: Shamoon - DistTrack Malware

August 30, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

W32.DistTrack, also known as “Shamoon,” is an information-stealing malware that also includes a destructive module. Shamoon renders infected systems useless by overwriting the Master Boot Record (MBR), the partition tables, and most of the files with random data. Once overwritten, the data are not recoverable...

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Who's Responsible for the Saudi Aramco Network Attack?

August 28, 2012 Added by:Jeffrey Carr

Iran is at the center of every significant aspect of this attack. It is the only nation with access to the original Wiper virus from which Shamoon was copied. Perhaps Iran has learned something from Russia about the strategy of misdirection via the government's recruitment of patriotic hackers...

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U.S. Admits to Cyber Attacks: The Future of Conflict

August 28, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

“As a commander in Afghanistan in the year 2010, I was able to use my cyber operations against my adversary with great impact... I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire, to affect my operations...”

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The Dutch and the Dorifel

August 27, 2012 Added by:Don Eijndhoven

XDocCrypt/Dorifel is a new trojan that encrypts executables, Excel- and Word files that it finds on USB drives and network disks, causing companies to come to a grinding halt after infection. What worries me most is it’s being delivered by systems previously infected with the Citadel/Zeus trojan...

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Lessons for CEOs from the Saudi Aramco Breach

August 27, 2012 Added by:Jeffrey Carr

Most security operations centers are monitoring for an APT-style attack and their defensive tactics are geared towards interrupting it by use of an "intrusion kill chain". The attack on Saudi Aramco didn't fit this model, and hence would have been completely missed by most of the world's largest companies...

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