Tag Archive | "trojans"


10 September 2006 | 4,821 views

What Responsibility do Anti-Spyware Researchers Have?

Ethical debates are always interesting, and people have gotten in trouble lately for reverse engineering and various other branches of research. This is a fairly old topic, but as I’m clearing out some old drafts, I still find it an interesting one. There’s been an ongoing debate in security circles concerning how security researchers should [...]

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17 August 2006 | 4,858 views

Bot Herders Go After MS06-40 Exploit

Malware herders are speeding up, the first wave is already here for MS06-40. It’s basically a variant of some old malware suited to the new vulnerability. Same old story then, same packer, technique, new exploit. Same as the days of autorooters. It’s basically the Mocbot trojan that was used in the Zotob worm attack in [...]

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22 June 2006 | 8,525 views

Botnets and Phishing Numbers Increasing Despite Crackdown

Botnets and organises cybercrime is getting more prevalent, it seems it’s increasing exponentially despire crackdowns by the US governments and other organisations. The criminals are getting more advanced, phishing scams are getting more realistic, technically trojans are getting more effective and the groups are getting really organised. Cybercrooks are organizing better and moving to more [...]

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11 June 2006 | 3,352 views

Custom Trojans – Isn’t it Old News?

Well it is for me, and I guess anyone who consider themselves a career hacker, or at least has a serious interest.. As a few good trojans are open source (Back Orifice?), you can just mess around with them for a while until you reach the point they are no longer detected by any of [...]

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02 June 2006 | 4,856 views

New Spyware Blackmails Users Into Purchasing Software

Ah this is almost like Ransomeware again, messing up your machine then extorting money from you. Make sure you educate your non tech savvy relatives about such threats, spyware, adware, trojans and worm type viruses. Education is THE most powerful defence against malware and computer security incidents. Some simple patching, a free Antivirus protection like [...]

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31 May 2006 | 6,397 views

Barclays Rolls Out Free Anti-Virus Protection for Customers

The shocking statistic first, “56% of consumers do not have active anti-virus on their PCs”, ok not that shocking but still a bit worrying. Allthough asking if your average user doesn’t protect themselves on the internet conjures up images of the pope squatting in the woods. The basic F-Secure anti-virus product protects against viruses and [...]

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21 May 2006 | 7,724 views

What Next? The Poker Rootkit of Course!

Ok so the list gets even BIGGER, after the WoW Trojan, Trojan for World Cup Fans, Ransomeware and the buy a spyware kit story… Now we proudly present, the Poker Rootkit! For online poker players, this was always going to be a losing hand. A Trojan with malicious rootkit features hidden in a legitimate software [...]

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28 April 2006 | 7,893 views

Trojan Writers Coding for Money – Freezes PC for Ransom

A new term has been coined, yes indeed.. Ransomeware That’s what they are calling this new threat, infects your PC then freezes it until you send some people some money. A new kind of malware circulating on the Internet freezes a computer and then asks for a ransom paid through the Western Union Holdings money [...]

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24 February 2006 | 22,733 views

mIRC Backdoor

Well it’s not really a backdoor… but we can consider it one… Some time ago it apeared on many websites (including mine) an article about a backdoor in mIRC… all this backdoor stuff was really nothing more than a mIRC script that by it’s mean made the client to respond at any command received via [...]

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22 February 2006 | 5,369 views

Jan 2006 Virus and Spam Statistics

January at a glance: Vicious and Varied The numbers are indeed concerning: 19 new email-born significant virus attacks, of which a troubling 8 (42%) were graded “low intensity”, 7 (37%) “Medium Intensity” and 4 (21%) were massive attacks & a rare phenomenon for a single month. One outbreak of specific interest, consisting of 7 variants, [...]

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