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Malware: Every USB port is “defenseless” against new scam

The billions of USB ports in use in PCs are vulnerable to a new attack – which can undetectably install malware, steal data and seize control of machines.

Nitol Botnet: You Will Never Break The Chain

Nitol versus Michelangelo: the supply chain is much more than the production line.

Stuxnet, Flamer, Flame, Whatever Name: There's just no good malware

A week ago the big malware news was the code known as Flame, Flamer, or sKyWIper (detected by ESET as Win32/Flamer.A), then on June 1, this news broke: "A damaging cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear program was the work of U.S. and Israeli experts and proceeded under the secret orders of President Obama." (Washington Post)  Clearly,

Information Security Disconnect: RSA, USB, AV, and reality

The world's largest information security event, the annual RSA Conference, is over for another year. Most of the more than 18,000 people who attended the 2012 gathering are probably back home now, getting ready to go into the office. What will be top of mind for them, apart from "How did I manage to survive

DLL loading vulnerability

Scarcely had we got our breath back mainly after Microsoft addressed a serious vulnerability in handling .LNK (shortcut) files, before researcher HD Moore made public a serious security failure in the dynamic loading of libraries in Windows that came to light when he was investigating the .LNK issue.

Microsoft Takes the Security out of Security Conferences

In May it was reported that IBM handed out some USB drives that were infected. A month later I spoke at a security conference that I will not name. I gave the AV (audio/visual) technician a USB key with my presentation on it to copy to the laptop they were using for the presentations. About

Do You Have a Process?

USB thumb drives, such as those pictured below from www.promotionalpro.com, are very popular marketing item, but oftentimes people are not aware of the digital risks these devices can present. In recent years many USB devices have been sold or given way only to be found to be pre-infected from the factory. At a recent security

Ten Ways to Dodge Cyber-Bullets (Part 7)

[Part 7 of an occasional series, updating a blog series I ran in early 2009 to reflect changes in the threat landscape. This series will also be available shortly as a white paper.] Call For Backup If sensitive information is stored on your hard drive (and if you don’t have something worth protecting on your system,

Bemused by Zimuse? (Dis is not one half)

Now here's a curiosity. Win32/Zimuse is a worm that exists in two variants, innovatively entitled Win32/Zimuse.A and Win32/Zimuse.B. In some ways it's a throwback to an earlier age, since it overwrites the Master Boot Record on drives attached to an infected system with its own data, so that data on the system becomes inaccessible without the

Conficker Clarified

I just happened upon a blog that made an interesting point about the information that’s been made about Conficker. Essentially, the writer was fulsome in her praise of an article by Gary Hinson here, which gave some simple advice on dealing with Conficker/Downadup. As it happens, I’m familiar with the name Gary Hinson: he also contributes

Confounding Conficker

[Update: Spiegl Online reports (in German!) that the total may be as high as 50 million infected machines: however, this figure seems to be extrapolated from the number of infections picked up Panda’s online scanner. Statistically, I’m not sure it makes any sense at all to try to correlate this self-selecting sample to the total population of

Spies in One’s Samovar (or a Storm in a Teapot)

Round here, we’re mostly concerned with the malicious and programming kinds of bug. But as an avid watcher of Spooks*,  I couldn’t resist sharing with you an item in the Telegraph about a samovar presented to the British Royal Family about twenty years ago. Apparently, after a surveillance sweep of the Queen’s estate at Balmoral, the

Data Leakage, Politics, the Universe and Everything…

There is no way of eliminating the risk of data loss completely because systems, however good they are, are implemented, administered and used by human beings.

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