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Win32/Gataka: a banking Trojan ready to take off?

We have been following the development of the Win32/Gataka banking Trojan for several months and can now share some details of its operation which includes facilitating fraudulent bank transfers. This first post will highlight some of its key features, while the second will detail several interesting, more technical aspects of this malware. This banking Trojan

11 Tips for protecting your data when you travel

When we relayed the FBI/IC3 warning to travelers about a threat involving hotel Internet service overseas last week it produced a lot of requests for advice on how to respond to the threat. So a few of us researchers at ESET came up with a list of data security tips for travelers. These tips will

King of Spam: Festi botnet analysis

We have just completed fresh analysis of the malicious software known as Win32/Festi. While the "Festi" botnet created with this malware has been in business since the autumn of 2009 we can see that the software is frequently updated, as described in our analysis, and these updates mean Festi continues to be a potent threat

Fighting the OSX/Flashback Hydra

The biggest Mac botnet ever encountered, the OSX/Flashback botnet, is being hit hard. On April 12th, Apple released a third Java update since the Flashback malicious code outbreak. This update includes a new tool called MRT (Malware Removal Tool) which allows Apple to quickly push malware removal code to their user base. The first mission

Vulnerable WordPress Leads to Security Blog Infection

Even visiting security-oriented websites can sometimes be risky. If you’ve visited the security blog zerosecurity.org this month and you’re also a user of ESET’s security products, you might have encountered an anti-virus alert such as this one: The detection names may vary. Different variants of the following “generic families” were detected on the compromised websites on

Modern viral propagation: Facebook, shocking videos, browser plugins

Fraudsters continue to innovate their scam propagation methods. Again using Facebook and a pretense of a shocking video, they also utilize browser plugins to execute malicious scripts. We also see how the malware scene is intertwined, when the user is directed to a dubious Potentially Unwanted Application. Facebook auto-like scams have been commonplace on the

Windows Phone 8: Security Heaven or Hell?

Introduction Mobile World Congress 2012 is almost upon us, and one of the most hotly-anticipated topics is the next generation of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system Windows Phone 8, which has been kept under wraps far more tightly than its PC counterpart, Windows 8. While Microsoft was an early adopter in the creation of smartphones with

ESET Research podcast round up

Here are some recently released podcasts by ESET Rearchers, addressing current topics such as the recent VeriSign hacks, the takedown of MegaUpload, and the problems with using good malware to catch the bad guys: 1. VeriSign, Credit Card Processor, Hacked Multiple Times 2. Mega Upload Website Shutdown by U.S. Department of Justice 3. Is The

Potentially Unwanted Applications White Paper Updated

Our white paper on Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) has been revised with additional information, including information about how legitimate software can become classified as a PUA due to its misuse, a discussion of a type of downloader called a software wrapper and updated screen shots. It can be found in the White Papers section  Problematic,

New White Paper "Trends for 2012: Malware Goes Mobile"

Many of you have read the last few weeks that we published posts on trends for 2012 in the field of malware and cybercrime. In this series I wrote a post based on the document that the Education and Research team of ESET Latin America put together, entitled “2012 Predictions: More mobile malware and localized

Malware exploits death of North Korea's Kim Jong‑il

As expected, malware developers and scam artists have greeted the death of North Korea's dictatorial leader, Kim Jong-il, with Black Hat SEO and Social Engineering attacks. The Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea suffered a heart attack on a train journey last month and a steady stream of schemes to exploit the

Spam campaign uses Blackhole exploit kit to install SpyEye

This article was written in collaboration with my colleague Jean-Ian Boutin. The Wigon botnet (also known as Cutwail) is being used in a massive spam campaign. A multitude of ruses are used to get the user to click on a link: fake LinkedIn or Facebook notifications, free Windows licenses, fake deliveries etc. The links are