What does the New Year hold for information security, malicious software, consumer privacy and cybercrime? Questions of this mature are posed by journalists toward the end of every year and, beginning about November, answers from security specialists start to appear in print. Indeed, ESET researchers in Latin America published a 20-page white paper on this
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
The Android ecosystem has taken the market by storm in the last few years, with hundreds of millions of devices, smartphones and tablets, already in the hands of customers, and more on the way this holiday season. As you will know if you read our recent blog post about malware trends in 2013, malicious code
Apache modules are add-on code taking advantage of the Apache module API to extend the functionality of the standard Apache distro. In this case, the binary’s functionality was malicious, but there is no exploitation of a known Apache vulnerability in this case.
Win32/Spy.Ranbyus shows how it is possible to bypass payment transaction signing/authentication with smartcard devices and has started to modify java code in one of the most popular remote banking systems (RBS) in the Ukraine.
More than half of all web servers on the Internet use Apache, so when we discovered a malicious Apache module in the wild last month, we were understandably concerned.
Welcome to the new ESET blog: We Live Security. In fact, We Live Security is a lot more than a blog: it contains the same great content you have enjoyed on blog.eset.com, but also includes new features and a wider range of content. For example, here’s a podcast talking about the new site, one of
[UPDATE #1: (21 Dec 2012, 5:30PM) ESET Researcher Cameron Camp has just published the second part of this series on securing your Android device. Read it here on the ESET Threat Blog at Securing Your Holiday Tech Gifts, Part 2: Android Guide. AG] December is upon us, and whether you have a Christmas tree, menorah,
When something in your vicinity happens, you know right away if it is good or right. When the traffic light on a busy road is red, you know not to cross and when it is green you can cross, but still be looking around to see if it is safe. With different instances that are
The information-stealing, botnet-building worm known as Dorkbot (Win32/Dorkbot) is one of the most active threats in Latin America. Ever since we started to investigate this worm, we have been able to identify different dissemination campaigns, the ultimate aim of which is stealing sensitive information such as login names and passwords from its victims. Most of
In 2012 the number of unique detections of malware for Android increased globally by a factor of 17X (yes, that is 1,700%), and we expect the increase in 2013 to be even greater. This is one of the main predictions in the white paper we are releasing today: "Trends for 2013: astounding growth of mobile
USB flash drives continue to present a serious challenge to information security, for consumers and companies alike. You will be aware of this if you read our recent article on the Win32/Pronny worm, just one example of a piece of malicious software that is “in the wild” and actively seeking to spread via USB flash
419 (Advance Fee Fraud) scams aren’t amusing to the victim, but the chutzpah of a dictator’s wife claiming her $700m Swiss bankroll back is worth a chortle.
Malware activity exploiting Autorun on Windows computers has been generating quite a few calls to ESET support lines lately, reminding us that old infection techniques seldom die and USB flash drives can still be an effective means of getting malicious code onto a computer. USB drives can be used to infect computers that automatically execute