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A cybersecurity framework to protect digital critical infrastructure

In the ongoing effort to protect cyber aspects of America’s critical infrastructure, the third NIST Cybersecurity Framework workshop is being hosted July 10-12, 2013 by the University of California, San Diego, and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Needles and haystacks – the art of threat attribution

ESET researchers explain the difficulties in attribution of targeted attacks; evidence is often circumstantial and the source never positively identified.

Mysterious Avatar rootkit with API, SDK, and Yahoo Groups for C&C communication

The mysterious Avatar rootkit, detected by ESET as Win32/Rootkit.Avatar, appears to reflect a heavy investment in code development, with an API and a SDK available, plus an interesting abuse of Yahoo Groups for C&C communications.

Gamers warned of risks of “always online” games such as SimCity and Diablo

The new trend for “always online” games such as SimCity and Blizzard’s Diablo 3 may be putting gamers at risk, experts warn. The games, which require an internet connection even for single-player gaming, are designed to protect game companies from piracy.

Gapz and Redyms droppers based on Power Loader code

Technical analysis of Power Loader, a special bot builder for making downloaders for other malware families and yet another example of specialization and modularity in malware production.

The real risk in Google removing ad-blocking apps from Play store

While many Android users speculate about Google’s removal of ad-blocking apps from the official Android store, Google Play, we consider the risky behavior that is bound to result.

Adobe and Microsoft release critical patches for March

Adobe and Microsoft have both released patches this week to address vulnerabilities in respective software applications and advise all users to apply the patches as soon as possible, if applicable to them.

How Theola malware uses a Chrome plugin for banking fraud

A deep dive into Win32/Theola, one of the most malicious components of the notorious bootkit family, Win32/Mebroot.FX. Theola uses malicious Chrome browser plugins to steal money.

Sinkholing of Trojan Downloader Zortob.B reveals fast growing malware threat

Malware infecting 25,000 computers, mostly in the United States, pumping out 80 million spam messages per hour? ESET researchers sinkhole to investigate Win32/TrojanDownloader.Zortob.B

Slides from the RSA conference: where the world talks security

Slides of ESET presentations at RSA are now available including the SMB Cyber Security Survival Guide and “What THEY want with your digital devices.”

Code certificate laissez-faire leads to banking Trojans

Technical analysis of malware that abuses code signing certificates normally used to positively identify a software publisher and to guarantee code is unchanged.

From BYOD to CYOD: Security issues with personal devices in the workplace

The hottest IT trend in the workplace right now is definitely BYOD: Bring Your Own Device. This is popular with employees who regard it as a convenient way to read private e-mail and to browse to (work-unrelated) sites at the office, and moreover as a way to work for their employer on a device they

Europol shuts down global ransomware network

According to the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol a complex ransomware network has been shut down. The operation to close the network was headed by Spanish police in cooperation with the agency. Eleven people have been arrested from Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. The scheme planted malware on computers which accused the users of viewing illegal

Cyber security threats will grow in sophistication and depth in 2013 says UK defense giant

British defence company BAE Detica is predicting a “gearing up” of cyber attack capabilities across an increasing number of nation states in 2013.

Scandal video of Justin Bieber: just don’t click here!

I received a “shared” messages from a friend about “a leaked scandal video of Justin Bieber and Selana Gomez” promising a “naked Justin Bieber”, with a Photoshopped picture, which we – for family-friendliness – censored a bit.

What do Win32/Redyms and TDL4 have in common?

At the beginning of January 2013, we started tracking the interesting Win32/Redyms trojan family. Redyms is notable for changing search results from popular search engines on infected machines.

Combofix: a cocktail of infective factors

In various blog-posts, users have been encouraged by ESET experts to download applications from the official website for that application, as you never know what might have happened to the software when you download it from a mirror site or a download site.

Microsoft fixes Explorer vulnerability in out-of-band patch announcement

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of announcing a patch for an Internet Explorer vulnerability just a week after its traditional patch Tuesday announcements.

Are fears of digital device theft justified? Survey says yes

Everybody knows that laptop computers, tablets and smartphones get stolen, and everybody reading this probably owns at least one of these digital devices, so should you be concerned about yours being pinched, pilfered, peculated, purloined, or in other words, stolen?

More on that Java vulnerability

  [Update 2: a note for Mac users in Turn off that Java Lamp. And Brian Krebs notes that Oracle Ships Critical Security Update for Java] [Update to a link at java.com offering more information on disabling Java in web browsers.] This is a quick pointer to blogs posted by our colleagues in Spain and in

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