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Win32/Flooder.Ramagedos botnet participating in DDoS related to elections in Russia

Russia has been in the news for the last week, with thousands of protesters taking to the street to protest against alleged irregularities in the elections held on December 4th. There are also multiple reports of attempts to silence protesters on the Internet, such as DDoS attacks against websites used by the political opposition, the use

Malware Drive-by Infection Video: From fake FDIC message to infection

The FDIC is probably one of the most misunderstood quasi-governmental entities in America, which may account for its enduring popularity as part of malware and phishing scams. I'm not the most dedicated follower of banking news, but I did work for a bank once and I do try to keep up, yet I have never

Secure DNS? Encrypt the last mile

DNSSEC has been making the headlines lately as a possible defense against nasty DNS redirection schemes on the server end. Combined with anti-malware efforts at thwarting DNS changing via malicious registry/host file modification, it’s making a dent. Now OpenDNS is proposing a last mile approach called DNSCrypt which intends to secure the problematic link between users’

Carrier IQ detection: check your source before you install

Android-specific software that checks for Carrier IQ could create an unanticipated problem.

Delivery Failure Revisited: Win32/TrojanDownloader.Agent.QXN returns

The Trojan downloader malware Win32/TrojanDownloader.Agent.QXN that showed up in my email about 10 days ago made a return visit today, posing as a pair of emails from the United States Postal Service. The first time the malware showed up it was dressed up, as a package delivery receipt from Canada Post. But this time the

Carberp white paper: now with added pictures

“Win32/Carberp: When You’re in a Black Hole, Stop Digging” aggregates most of our published material on Carberp into a single resource.

Wi-Fi and fertility: warm but not so fuzzy

An aspect of mobile computing that affects generations unborn…

Carberp + BlackHole = growing fraud incidents

This article examines the relationship between the Black Hole exploit kit and Win32/Carberp.

SQL Injection Attack Alert

I've already mentioned this on the AVIEN blog, as it was an AVIEN member who first drew it to my attention, but a fairly dramatic SQL Injection attack has been flagged by the Internet Storm Center: it appears to resemble the lizamoon attack which was reported as affecting around a million sites earlier in the year.

Lawyers go back to school for cybercrime

Citing a “serious lack” of attorney expertise in prosecuting cybercrime, New Jersey Prosecutor John Molinelli decided it was time for attorneys to go back to school. He states, “There was a serious lack of prosecuting attorneys – there’s probably a lack of attorneys, in general, who really know this area,” and decided to do something

CarrierIQ, keylogging and mobile payment systems

Recently we see allegations that CarrierIQ is quietly collecting more information than Android users bargained for. In one case, Trevor Eckhart thinks he proved that they register users’ keystrokes without the users’ knowledge for reasons subject to ongoing speculation. We certainly had no trouble finding the CarrierIQ software on an HTC phone, where it possessed

Facebook Worm: ZeuS is not your (FB) Friend

CSIS have reported a worm that really does spread through Facebook…but it’s unsafe to use VirusTotal to compare product detection.

You’ve Got Malware: Deceptive package delivery email for the holidays

Taking delivery of an unexpected package containing gifts is one of the joys of the holiday season. Missing a package delivery is one of the frustrations of the season. So, an email headed "Failed Package Delivery" is a good way for scam artists and malware distributors to get your attention. In this post I examine

Support-Scammer Tricks

Information and resources regarding tricks used by coldcall/support desk scammers

Facebook FTC Settlement Means 20 Years of Federal Privacy Audits

The FTC has just announced its eight-count deception charge against Facebook has been settled, with the world's largest social network submitting to a wide array of remedies that include 20 years of privacy auditing and strict controls on how the company deals with your personal data in the future. In this post I will explain

Cyber-Shopping Safety Tips: A handy video guide

Now that the 2011 holiday shopping season is underway we thought it would be helpful to share our tips for safer cyber-shopping in the form of a short video (I think we all know at least a few people who can’t seem to find time to read anything, but are more than happy to watch

Facebook Christmas Tree Virus: it’s Still a Hoax

“Old hoaxes never die”: last year’s Christmas Tree App Facebook “virus” warning is circulating again.

Holiday shopping? We know where you are

Well, not you exactly you, but malls are rolling out technology that tracks customers’ patterns throughout the mall using cell signals. They say they aren’t collecting personal information, but say they want to be able to track customer traffic patterns, for example, how many customers visit Starbucks after visiting Nordstroms. The technology, called FootPath, is

Facebook Invitation and the Olympic Torch

Old hoaxes never die. They just get transplanted to Facebook.

Breaking Dawn, Taylor Swift, Image Search: Poisoning, survey scams on the rise

Manipulating search results for trending topics like "Breaking Dawn" and "Taylor Swift" is a nasty phenomenon that is getting nastier, producing fraudulent and potentially costly results in response to innocent searches. As we described in our Search Poisoning video, the goal of this fraud is to trick people into loading web pages that they would

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