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The Industrialization of Malware: One of 2012’s darkest themes persists

For several years now, antivirus researchers have observed increasing efficiency and sophistication in malware development and distribution. At the start of 2012, I began using the term “industrialization of malware” to describe this phenomenon. I also drew a picture of the fictitious enterprise “Malware, Inc.” as a means of conveying the transformation that malware has

SC Magazine: Cybercrime Corner

You may not be aware that ESET writers have been supplying blogs to SC Magazine for a while now. Recently, Randy Abrams and I were drafted in after the original contributors moved on, and we started contributing this week: Poachers and Gamekeepers considers whether there is a conflict of interest when AV companies work with

Crouching Worm, Hidden Virus Writer, Rising Damp

…poachers turned gamekeeper are not uncommon in the security industry as a whole, and it’s all too common for aspirant virus-writers whose notoriety is not necessarily matched by their technical skill to be hired by companies on the remote borders of malware detection and filtering, but the “real” AV industry goes out of its way to avoid hiring the ethically challenged….

Open Source Malware Fingerprinting – Free Tool

In my ever-widening circle of anti-cybercrime methodology this particular approach to attribution of the criminals looting the free world makes me particularly gleeful and I can’t wait to spread the good news: Security company HBGary today released an open source tool to digitally fingerprint malicious code and help identify the source of the malware. The

Who is Writing the Viruses?

Hitler is alive in South America. Jim Morrison is alive and living in seclusion on a mountain somewhere. Conspiracy theories never die and tend to live forever in the minds of the irrational. I recently received the following question: “Some people say that the AV company itself (ESET, Kaspersky, Symantec ..) also writes viruses! How

AMTSO, Standards, and Relevance

[I told you these links were cursed: thanks to Daniel Schatz for pointing out a further problem. Tip of the hat to Kurt Wismer for pointing out the issue on the AMTSO blog, and another to Julio Canto for alerting me to the story in the first place.] Danny Quist posted an interesting article at

No Stone Left Unturned

We have discussed SEO poisoning extensively in the ESET Threat Blog, and it should come as no surprise to our readers that any topic which trends up quickly in search engine traffic will be exploited by the criminals who specialize in such activities.  The poisoned search term du jour is "erin andrews death threat".  Apparently,

Making Malware

McAfee Avert Labs has been advertising a "Malware Experience" session for the "Focus 09" security conference, which offers attendees the chance to "to work with a Trojan horse, commandeer a botnet, install a rootkit and experience first hand how easy it is to modify websites to serve up malware." Actually, this text has been modified: it

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