In this post, we examine the complex it fits into a larger click fraud ecosystem, where users can be redirected either automatically, or through search engines browsing, to advertisement websites.
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This is the first in a series of two blog posts on the malware family Win32/Boaxxe.BE whose end goal is to drive traffic to advertisement websites by using various click fraud techniques, and thus earn money from these websites as an “advertiser”.
Death of a Sales Force: Whatever Happened to Anti-Virus? is a paper written by Larry Bridwell and myself for the 16th AVAR conference in Chennai, which was kindly presented by ESET’s Chief Research Officer Juraj Malcho, as neither Larry nor myself were able to attend the conference in the end. The paper is also available
The first sign we saw of this malware was in mid-May 2013, but it is still very active, and uses Android to bypass two-factor authentication systems. It clearly seeks to infect Dutch computers - 75% of detections come from this region.
In September we informed about a new banking trojan called Hesperbot (detected as Win32/Spy.Hesperbot). The perpetrators responsible for the threat are still active – November has been particularly eventful. In this post, we’ll give an update on the situation and malware developments.
Once in a while we get to spend time analyzing malicious code that is not as widespread as other threats we've encountered. Here we analyze a targeted attack used in Taiwan and Vietnam - but is this 'APT' really that advanced?
By the middle of May, users around the world started to receive messages from their contacts through different instant-messaging applications, such as Skype and Gtalk - an attack that showed off how age-old techniques can ensnare thousands of users. Here, we analyze this attack.
A new white paper, titled Windows 8.1 Security – New and Improved, looks at the some of the most anticipated—and controversial—security features of this new ".1" point release of Windows 8.
On November 2nd, 1988, the Morris worm was released by its author, and within 24 hours had caused damage across the world. It spread via the internet - and its release marked a new dawn for malicious software. Our five facts highlight what has changed since - and what hasn't.
We have already discussed how a system gets infected with Win32/Nymaim ransomware. In this blog post, we reveal a new infection vector, a study of the different international locker designs and ransom prices as well as a complete technical analysis of its communication protocol.
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.
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.