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TorrentLocker — Ransomware in a country near you

Today, we are publishing research on ransomware that emerged in 2014. We have posted blog articles about this threat before, to raise awareness when we realized the criminals were targeting the United Kingdom and Spain.

Virus Bulletin and AVAR: a conference paper is for life

ESET conference papers from the 2014 Virus Bulletin and AVAR conferences are now available.

First exploitation of Internet Explorer ‘Unicorn bug’ in-the-wild

Microsoft released a patch last week for a critical vulnerability allowing remote code execution in Internet Explorer. This vulnerability is significant because it exploits an old bug present in Internet Explorer versions 3 through 11.

Korplug military targeted attacks: Afghanistan & Tajikistan

After taking a look at recent Korplug (PlugX) detections, we identified two larger scale campaigns employing this well-known Remote Access Trojan. This blog gives an overview of the first one

Two recently patched Adobe Flash vulnerabilities now used in Exploit Kits

Two Flash vulnerabilities that were fixed by Adobe 2 weeks ago are now being used in exploit kits. This is in addition to a third vulnerability, CVE-2014-0556, that was patched in September and that has also been added to Nuclear EK last week.

AVAR Down Under – Security Researchers at Work

ESET will be well represented in papers presented at the AVAR conference in November, but that’s not the only interesting content on the agenda.

How do open source tools stay secure?

Security of open source code is a hot topic, what with Heartbleed, Shellshock, and Poodle making the news. Open source code is now widely used everywhere, from big enterprises to small businesses. This recorded webinar discusses how to keep open source tools secure,

The Evolution of Webinject

Last month, we presented “The Evolution of Webinject” in Seattle at the 24th Virus Bulletin conference. This blog post will go over its key findings and provide links to the various material that has been released in the last few weeks.

CVE-2014-4114: Details on August BlackEnergy PowerPoint Campaigns

In this post we provide additional information on how a specially crafted PowerPoint slideshow file (.PPSX) led to the execution of a BlackEnergy dropper.

Bootkits, Windigo, and Virus Bulletin

ESET research on Operation Windigo received an award at Virus Bulletin 2014. Our research on bootkits was also well received, and is now available publicly.

How to fix Shellshock Bash on Mac OS X: Mavericks edition

Apple Mac OS X users concerned about the Bash vulnerability dubbed Shellshock got some relief late yesterday as Apple published fixes for various versions of OS X. But if you use Mavericks you will need to install 10.9.5 before the Bash fix will work.

How to resolve Shellshock on Mac OS X, web servers and more

The “Bash Bug” or “Shellshock” vulnerability means a wide range of devices, servers and computers, including Mac OS X, will need to be patched to prevent abuse by malicious persons. Here’s advice about what to do and links to more in-depth resources.

Back in BlackEnergy *: 2014 Targeted Attacks in Ukraine and Poland

State organizations and private businesses from various sectors in Ukraine and Poland have been targeted with new versions of BlackEnergy, a malware that’s evolved into a sophisticated threat with a modular architecture.

Virus Bulletin presentations update

Updated information on ESET presentations at Virus Bulletin 2014.

Virus Bulletin, AVAR conferences: a tasty Conference Pair*

Autumn: the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, not to mention a couple of excellent security conferences. Virus Bulletin and AVAR make a very tasty Conference Pair.

TorrentLocker now targets UK with Royal Mail phishing

Three weeks ago, iSIGHT Partners discovered a new Ransomware encrypting victims’ documents. They dubbed this new threat TorrentLocker. TorrentLocker propagates via spam messages containing a link to a phishing page where the user is asked to download and execute “package tracking information”. In August, only Australians were targeted with fake Australian Post package-tracking page. While

Win32/Aibatook: Banking Trojan Spreading Through Japanese Adult Websites

Win32/Aibatook targets Japanese bank customers with an unusual Internet Explorer monitoring technique. We believe the malware has been in development for months – and is now ready for take-off.

Targeted attack against Vietnamese government: right on the MONRE

ESET researchers recently came across a targeted attack against the Vietnamese government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

ESET Analyzes First Android File-Encrypting, TOR-enabled Ransomware

Last weekend saw the (somewhat anticipated) discovery of an interesting mobile trojan – the first spotting of a file-encrypting ransomware for Android by our detection engineers.

Virus Bulletin review: 2 eBooks offering security guidance

An article for Virus Bulletin by David Harley reviews two eBooks offering security advice to consumers.

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