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Cybercriminals tricked Chinese antivirus firm Qihoo 360 into whitelisting their malware by bribing the employees of a gaming company [Read More]
A new fileless ransomware family has been discovered, which abuses Windows’ PowerShell for nefarious activities, a novel approach to ransomware, Carbon Black researchers warn. [Read More]
USB Thief is a sophisticated data-stealing Trojan apparently designed for targeted attacks against air-gapped systems [Read More]
Financial Trojan detections have registered a 73 percent drop in 2015 when compared to the previous year, a new report from Symantec reveals. [Read More]
The security research community can now download Google’s binary comparison tool BinDiff for free [Read More]
KeRanger, a new piece of ransomware designed to target OS X systems, has been distributed via the official Transmission BitTorrent client installer [Read More]
Cybercriminal leaks source code of the Android banking Trojan known as GM Bot, MazarBot, SlemBunk, Acecard, Bankosy and Slempo [Read More]
AlienVault analyzes the OS X version of OceanLotus, a Trojan used in attacks against government, research and other organizations in China [Read More]
The developers of the Neutrino exploit kit have added a passive OS fingerprinting feature to reduce exposure to analysis attempts [Read More]
New Linux spyware “Ekoms” is capable of capturing screenshots and includes an inactive feature for recording audio [Read More]

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Zeus 2.1 now boasts features that help it avoid analysis and hostile takeover from law enforcement, researchers, or competing cybercriminal organizations.
David Harley's picture
David Harley chimes in with some thoughts on the latest developments from the AMTSO and the Anti-Malware Industry.
David Harley's picture
The vulnerability in Windows Shell’s parsing of .LNK (shortcut) files presents some interesting and novel features in terms of its media lifecycle as well as its evolution from zero-day to patched vulnerability. For most of us, the vulnerability first came to light in the context of Win32/Stuxnet, malware that in itself presents some notable quirks.
David Harley's picture
The anti-malware industry sometimes sees more complicated problems than you might imagine, and they can’t all be fixed by tweaking detection algorithms or giving the marketing team a productivity bonus.
Mike Lennon's picture
Malvertising - Popular websites, blogs, and ad networks are fast becoming the preferred means of cybercriminals, identity thieves, and hackers to steal consumer information and distribute malicious content.
Markus Jakobsson's picture
Anti-virus products scan for malware in two ways. They look for sequences of bits that are found in programs that are known to be “evil” (but which are not commonly found in “good” programs)...