TDL4: Less hype, more history

I don’t think there’s such a thing as an indestructible botnet. TDSS is somewhat innovative. It’s introduced new twists on old ideas like P2P networks and hiding malware.

TDL Tracking: Peer Pressure

Recently … our TDL tracker picked up a brand new plugin for TDL4 kad.dll (Win32/Olmarik.AVA) which we haven’t seen earlier … we discovered that it implements a particularly interesting network communication protocol …

Bitcoin: P2P underground cyber currency?

Bitcoins, a self-generated hash-based peer-to-peer currency with no centralized regulating body, are on a stratospheric trajectory, will it replace traditional legal tender as the currency of choice for cyber-nastiness? First, a little background. Bitcoins first surfaced in a white paper purportedly by Satoshi Nakamoto. While no one can trace his (her) exact identity, it seems

New Botnet: Storm Signal?

Pierre-Marc tells me that he has received two malware samples that grabbed his attention due to their resemblance to Storm/Waledac.

Limewire, free software, and for-fee membership

…there are a number of other potential risks from offers like this (as I’ve pointed out before) … Paying for software that’s actually free and for services that aren’t worth the money … Paying for software that turns out to be malicious … Parting with credit card and other data that might be misused…

H.R.4098 – Secure Federal File Sharing Act & P2P

Yesterday the US House of Representatives approved legislation that would specify and limit open-network P2P usage by government employees and contractors on systems authorized to connected to federal computers and network resources. As with everything in life, there are exceptions. Requests to use open-network P2P applications can be made for the following purposes: necessary for

Ten Ways to Dodge Cyber-Bullets (Part 10)

[Part 10 of an occasional series, updating a blog series I ran in early 2009 to reflect changes in the threat landscape. This series is also available shortly at http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers.php as a white paper.] Don’t be a Crackhead Don’t use cracked/pirated software. Such programs provide an easy avenue for introducing malware into (or exploiting weaknesses in) a

Confounded by Conficker: not so Dozy

If you just got here looking for my blog on Conficker and "blended hoaxes", I’m afraid I just pulled it (temporarily at least) in the light of new data that’s come in since last night: I don’t want to mislead anyone, as it seems that the new Conficker stuff is a lot more active and

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