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Bootkits, Windigo, and Virus Bulletin

ESET research on Operation Windigo received an award at Virus Bulletin 2014. Our research on bootkits was also well received, and is now available publicly.

Support Scams: Expect the Scammish Inquisition*

An update on support scams: but are the scammers looking for fresh fields and posturings new?

El regreso de BlackEnergy: ataques dirigidos en Ucrania y Polonia

Esta semana en Virus Bulletin presentaremos los resultados de nuestra investigación sobre nuevas apariciones de la familia de malware denominada BlackEnergy, que detectamos en Ucrania y Polonia.

Malware Investigator: cómo el FBI combate las amenazas

Seguimos desde Seattle en Virus Bulletin, donde vimos la presentación de Malware Investigator, la nueva herramienta del FBI que nuclea reportes automatizados de malware. Conoce todos los detalles.

Virus Bulletin 2014: el fin de los virus y la evolución de la industria antivirus

En el día de hoy comenzó la conferencia más importante de la industria antivirus, Virus Bulletin; tres días donde los principales investigadores de empresas de seguridad comparten los principales hallazgos sobre la evolución del malware y el cibercrimen. Este año el evento fue abierto por primera vez por Martin Grooten, Editor de Virus Bulletin, quien

Virus Bulletin presentations update

Updated information on ESET presentations at Virus Bulletin 2014.

Virus Bulletin, AVAR conferences: a tasty Conference Pair*

Autumn: the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, not to mention a couple of excellent security conferences. Virus Bulletin and AVAR make a very tasty Conference Pair.

Anyone want to know my Social Security Number?

Your home may be your castle, but on social networks, your friends are your perimeter. Will they enclose and protect your personal data?

Chip & PIN & Signature, Magstripes and EMV Go-Faster Stripes

The US is still perceived as a hotspot for card fraud: what difference will the ongoing roll-out of Chip & Signature EMV make?

Virus Bulletin review: 2 eBooks offering security guidance

An article for Virus Bulletin by David Harley reviews two eBooks offering security advice to consumers.

Netflix phish, tech support scam, same phrying pan

Yet another innovative tech support scam, using Netflix phishing to get remote access to the victim’s system.

Scams: Tech Support, Accident Insurance, PPI, Oh My My

It’s not just fake tech support: call centre cold-callers are operating various kinds of insurance scams, too.

Whiter-than-white hats, malware, penalty and repentance*

I was recently contacted by a journalist researching a story about ‘hackers’ quitting the dark side (and virus writing in particular) for the bright(-er) side. He cited this set of examples – 7 Hackers Who Got Legit Jobs From Their Exploits – and also mentioned Mike Ellison (formerly known as Stormbringer and Black Wolf, among

My Back Pages* – Virus Bulletin papers and articles

I recently completed my 14th Virus Bulletin conference paper, co-written with Intego’s Lysa Myers, on “Mac hacking: the way to better testing?” to be presented at the 23rd VB conference in October, in Berlin. The paper itself won’t be available until after the conference, but the abstract is on the Virus Bulletin conference page here.

Virus Bulletin 2011: Fake but free…

ESET had quite a strong representation at Virus Bulletin this year in Barcelona, as David Harley mentioned in his post prior to the conference. On the first day, Pierre-Marc Bureau presented his findings about the Kelihos botnet, David Harley and AVG’s Larry Bridwell discussed the usefulness and present state of AV testing, and to finish

TDSS: The Next Generation

Win32/Olmarik (also known as TDSS, TDL, Alureon and sundry less complimentary names) has gone through some interesting evolutions in the last couple of years. TDL4 is no exception, with its ability to load its kernel-mode driver on systems with an enforced kernel-mode code signing policy (64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista and 7) and perform

Another VB Cybercrime Seminar

One that will be of most interest to our readers in the UK, I guess. Our friends at Virus Bulletin are holding another "Securing Your Organization in the Age of Cybercrime" seminar, this time on the Open University Campus at Milton Keynes on the 24th May. The full agenda is already available on that page, and

Thanks for your support scam

…In fact, while the season for the traditional end of year crystal ball-gazing is pretty much over, I’ll venture a few extra predictions based on recent observations of the support scam business…

Stuxnet Analysis 1.31 and TDSS article

…version 1.31 of “Stuxnet Under the Microscope” is now available on the white papers page … Until now Rooting about in TDSS was only available to VB subscribers, but it too is now available on the ESET white papers page.

First, Catch Your Botnet

The paper presents an alternative approach to botnet research, employing “in the lab” experiments involving at-scale emulated botnets.

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