Indonesia as a major source of malicious traffic? That's what a recent infographic from content delivery network provider Akamai seemed to say. In her first article for We Live Security, ESET security researcher Lysa Myers investigates.
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The detection and blocking of malicious code employed by modern threats, whether targeted attacks or mass-spreading campaigns, has been a game of cat-and-mouse for some time now. Is it time for a new approach?
Security researchers from Autodesk, along with Microsoft, announced new features in AutoCAD to prevent malware in a presentation at Virus Bulletin 2013 in Berlin. We look at how a simple prompt can help keep users safe.
In this blog post, we will describe software detected by ESET products as Win32/Kankan, and explain why its discovery shocked many Chinese users, then we will provide an in-depth analysis of its functionalities - and discuss the evidence that Xunlei Networking Technologies is implicated.
There is a new bot on the block. ESET identifies it as Win32/Napolar while its author calls it solarbot. This piece of malware came to our attention mid-August because of its interesting anti-debugging and code injection techniques.
Trojans that encrypt user files and try to extort a ransom from the victim in exchange for a decryptor utility are nothing new. We’ve noted a significant increase in Filecoder activity over the past few summer months - in this blog post we address the questions we’re getting about this issue.
We think that there could be rootkits targeting the OS X platform, but we have very limited visibility into that threat right now. We know that we don’t know. Today, ESET is releasing a simple tool to detect rootkits on OS X.
In this 3rd Hesperbot blog post we’ll look at the most intriguing part of the malware - the way it handles network traffic interception.
Win32/Spy.Hesperbot is a new banking trojan that has been targeting online banking users in Turkey, the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom. For more information about its malware spreading campaigns and victims, refer to our first blog post. In this post we’ll cover the technical details of the malware, including the overall architecture, as well as the mobile component.
A new and effective banking trojan has been discovered targeting online banking users in Turkey, the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom. It uses very credible-looking phishing-like campaigns, related to trustworthy organizations, to lure victims into running the malware.
A few months ago on this blog I described PowerLoader functionality - including an interesting way for privilege escalation into the explorer.exe system process. The leaked PowerLoader code is also used in other malware families.
We look at malware delivered by a campaign that has infected thousands of websites around the world - and the various control flow obfuscation techniques that make its analysis as interesting as it is challenging.
Orbit Downloader by Innoshock is a popular browser add-on often used to download embedded videos from sites such as YouTube. But the popular add-on has disturbing hidden functions.
In this blog post we confirm that the Avatar rootkit continues to thrive in the wild, and disclose some new information about its kernel-mode self-defense tricks. We continue our research into this malware family.
Java has been – and still is – one of the more problematic issues security-wise. A website showing song lyrics from Golden Earring's Radar Love shows off problems that can leave users at the mercy of Java attacks.
A new paper aims to profile the victims most likely to fall for a phishing attack. But what is less clear is how you develop a profile while avoiding the pitfalls of stereotyping.
Recently, our anti-virus laboratory discovered an interesting new modification of a file virus known as Expiro which targets 64-bit files for infection. File-infecting viruses are well known and have been studied comprehensively over the years, but malicious code of this type almost invariably aimed to modify 32-bit files. One such family of file viruses, called
The Home Campaign is a malware campaign that uses a modified variant of Darkleech to direct visitors to the Blackhole exploit kit. We want to give a better idea of the size and extent of this campaign.
Bitcoin is not the only crypto-currency targeted by malware now that a Trojan designed to steal Litecoins has been discovered. In this post we review recent discoveries in malware impacting digital money.
ESET researchers explain the difficulties in attribution of targeted attacks; evidence is often circumstantial and the source never positively identified.