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TDL4 and Glubteba: Piggyback PiggyBugs

My colleague Aleksandr Matrosov today received an interesting sample of TDL4 from another of my colleagues, Pierre-Marc Bureau: this sample downloads and install another malicious program, Win32/Glupteba.D. This was the first instance he’d come across of TDL4 used to install other malware, and here's his account of what he found. A sample of Win32/Olmarik.AOV was

McAfee FP news misused for more SEO poisoning

We're now seeing a fiercely concentrated Blackhat SEO campaigns exploiting the McAfee False Positive (FP) problem. Juraj Malcho, our Head of Lab in Bratislava, reports that in a Google search like the one I've screendumped above, he got three malicious hits in the top ten (the same ones captured here: of course, the malicious domain

Some possibly interesting links and a very old new paper

If you regularly follow my blogs, you'll know that while this my primary blogspot, it isn't the only site to which I post (see signature for full details). Here are a few recent blogs and microblogs that may be of possible interest. @Mophiee asked me about the ICPP Trojan on Twitter (where I'm @ESETblog or

SEO poisoning, Londoning and Icelanding

I was asked whether I'd seen SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisoning relating to the Icelandic eruption and the very widespread grounding of aircraft in Europe. Well, there were certainly attempts in March to exploit the earlier Eyjafjallajokull eruption in order to drive googlers interested in finding out more towards malicious web sites. So it would be naive

Guest Blog: How free is free Antivirus?

I've noticed a number of tests recently that seem to be intended to prove that free antivirus is as good as commercial AV. As it happens, I'm not against free AV in principle, as long as people are entitled to use it – commercial use of free AV is usually not permitted. And I'm overjoyed when

Polish Air Accident and Blackhat SEO

Thanks to Marcin Gajewski for pointing out that Lech Kaczynski was the President of Poland, not the Prime Minister. I really shouldn't try to blog after a full day's travelling :( While I was enjoying a rare few days off, my colleagues at ESET Latin America were posting a blog article about the ugly way in

New Documents

Just a quick note to draw your attention to a couple of new documents that have just become available. "AMTSOlutely fabulous" (sorry – it seemed like a good idea when I wrote it…) is a review of what the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization has achieved so far and what it might achieve in the future. It's

iPad jailbreaking meets Dr. Who and Inspector Gadget

[Update: it appears that the information I had earlier was incorrect or out-of-date, and there has been loss of life. There's also a report from TechHerald suggesting early exploitation of the incident for SEO poisoning leading to fake AV. However, a quick scan currently (Monday evening) shows news items from such known malefactors as the

Armor-Piercing Rounds for Chain Mail

In my copious free time, I contribute to and in some cases maintain a number of other blogs (the ones with a security bias are listed in my signature here). The chainmail/hoax checking page at http://chainmailcheck.wordpress.com/ was specifically set up to explore a hoax/chainletter mitigation project that's still in the preparatory stages, but I've been posting

Shortened URLs: Don’t Sweat the Short Stuff?

A press query was passed to me concerning our blogs about the Russian bombings and the fact that criminals are making use of the topic to spread malware using blackhat SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and abuse of the twitter service. See "Russian Metro Bombings: here come the ghouls" and "Here come (more of) the ghouls" for more

Here Come (more of) The Ghouls

[Update: it's likely that the attacks described below will also take advantage of the more recent bombings in Dagestan, as described by the BBC here. Isn't it bad enough that horrors like this take place at all, let alone provide revenue for cybercriminals?] Late last  night (30th March) I added a pointer to my earlier

Russian Metro Bombings: Here come the Ghouls

[Interim updates removed: later information on Twitter profile attacks and Blackhat SEO attacks using keywords related to this topic to spread malware, has been made public in a later blog at http://www.eset.com/blog/2010/03/30/here-come-more-of-the-ghouls.] Following this morning's bombings in the Moscow Metro (subway system), Aryeh Goretsky suggests the likelihood of criminals using "blackhat SEO" (search engine optimization

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