Got a round of these in my inbox this morning. These are EXEs being spammed out in e-mail messages to get you to install malware. The names of Hollywood stars used in the emails include Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, and Natalie Portman. Here’s a sample email: Subject: Pictures Parts/Attachments: 1 Shown 5 lines Text (charset: […]
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So, you’ve read plenty about when botnets attack. You’ve also seen plenty about when spambots attack, though it’s usually only in the form of spam email flooding in the course of spambot offspring performing the functions for which their creator intended. There’s even been plenty of press about when Botnets Battle Over Turf, attacking each […]
While I’ve seen and heard random spatterings about why AV isn’t effective, or analyst reports from the likes of Yankee declaring “AV is Dead”, there’s been very little qualitative or quantitative study on precisely why. Well, beyond the endless flurry of new malware families and subseqent offspring, that is.. As such, I find myself borrowing […]
After Blackhat and DEFCON have blown over, come join us for WOOT! – the first USENIX Workshop On Offensive Technologies in Boston on August 6th, colocated with USENIX Security 07. We realize this is extremely short notice for authors (just over a month), but are encouraging those presenting at DEFCON, Blackhat, and elsewhere to submit […]
I spent a good portion of my day watching the Storm worm mutate from EXEs being spammed through to ZIP files in password protected bodies. This is a change in tactics for the Storm Worm team and has proven to be effective at evading AV. The Storm Worm is malware designed to install spammer toolkits. […]
As a complement to a recent post I made here with a list of free online AV scanners, I’d like to share with you a list of free AntiRootkit software for your PC. Especially in light of this past week’s ANI-related malware spate and the new Grum Trojan, you should make sure that you’re always […]
Las Vegas was an absolute blast! Not just because Arbor had an awesome turn-out for its annual poker tournament (nice job, Lisa and Robin!), but also because the Black Hat sessions that we attended were amazingly strong. Having attended the conference for a number of years now, I was glad to see that CMP Media’s […]