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The total number of digital certificates used to sign malicious and shady software has increased considerably over the past years, Kaspersky shows
Symantec has discovered a link between a backdoor Trojan and the Skeleton Key malware used to bypass authentication on Active Directory systems.
Researchers at Dell SecureWorks noted a resurgence of the ZeroAccess botnet.
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab believe there is a connection between the Regin malware platform and a malware platform exposed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
NSA offered organizations a set of best practices for defending against malware attacks.
Malware developers have used the source code of the remote access tool (RAT) Njw0rm to create two new RATs, researchers at Trend Micro reported on Thursday.
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab disclosed information about two of the modules used by the notorious malware platform.
In mid-December, malware developers launched a new version of the notorious Carberp Trojan, a threat designed to steal sensitive information from infected devices.
Version 3.0 of the notorious file-encrypting ransomware CryptoWall has been spotted by researchers.
Researchers at Dell SecureWorks say the malware allows attackers to use a password of their choosing to authenticate as any user.

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David Harley chimes in with some thoughts on the latest developments from the AMTSO and the Anti-Malware Industry.
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