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New FinFisher surveillance campaigns: Internet providers involved?

FinFisher has extensive spying capabilities, such as live surveillance through webcams and microphones, keylogging, and exfiltration of files. What sets FinFisher apart from other surveillance tools, however, are the controversies around its deployments.

ESET’s guide makes it possible to peek into FinFisher

To help malware analysts and security researchers overcome FinFisher’s advanced anti-disassembly obfuscation and virtualization features, ESET researchers have framed some clever tricks into a whitepaper, “ESET’s guide to deobfuscating and devirtualizing FinFisher”.

FinSpy and FinFisher spy on you via your cellphone and PC, for good or evil?

We read that “FinFisher spyware made by U.K.-based Gamma Group can take control of a range of mobile devices, including Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Research in Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry…”, at the opening of a Bloomberg article that several readers of the ESET blog sent us yesterday, along with a number of questions that boil down

StrongPity2 spyware replaces FinFisher in MitM campaign – ISP involved?

As we reported in September, in campaigns we detected in two different countries, man-in-the-middle attacks had been used to spread FinFisher, with the “man” in both cases most likely operating at the ISP level.

Finfisher and the Ethics of Detection

AV companies obey the law and cooperate actively with law enforcement. That doesn’t mean they turn a blind eye to government spyware.

8 things you should know about spyware

WeLiveSecurity takes a look at what you need to know about spyware – the malware secretly prying on your online activities.

ESET response to Bits of Freedom open letter on detection of government malware

A coalition of digital rights organizations and academics recently published an ‘open letter’ to the Anti-Malware/Anti-Virus industry asking for clarification on vendor policies regarding cooperation with government agencies and/or law enforcement using state-sponsored Trojans. This is ESET’s official response.

ESET research: Appearances are deceiving with Turla’s backdoor-laced Flash Player installer

In order to establish persistence on the system, the installer tampers with the operating system’s registry. It also creates an administrative account that allows remote access.

ESET at Virus Bulletin 2017

The annual Virus Bulletin International Conference takes place in Madrid, Spain this October and ESET will be well represented across the three-day event.

CConsiderations on the CCleaner incident

Regardless of how Piriform was breached, for a tool as widely downloaded as CCleaner, with a userbase running into the hundreds of millions, there will be a large impact worldwide, even though only the 32-bit version was affected.

German Policeware: Use the Farce…er, Force…Luke

On Saturday, another controversial report of a “government trojan” appeared. This time it is the German government that has been accused by the European hacker club Chaos Computer Club (CCC) of using “lawful interception” malware. Hence, “Bundestrojaner” (Federal Trojan), though that name is normally applied to the legal concept that allows German police to make

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