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Botnets Remain a Leading Threat

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One threat has evolved and dominated the threats landscape like no other: botnets. Practically every day a new set of online criminals attempt to exploit users in some way or the other. The best way to stop this threat at the perimeter is to identify its communication channel and block the bot from connecting to Read more…

Botnets Remain a Leading Threat

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One threat has evolved and dominated the threats landscape like no other: botnets. Practically every day a new set of online criminals attempt to exploit users in some way or the other. The best way to stop this threat at the perimeter is to identify its communication channel and block the bot from connecting to Read more…

South Korean Banks, Media Companies Targeted by Destructive Malware

A massive computer shutdown of two South Korean banks and media companies occurred Wednesday via an Internet malware attack. The malware wiped out the master boot records on the hard drives of the infected computers, overwriting the MBR with either one of these strings: PRINCPES PR!NCPES HASTATI. Figure 1: Snapshot of MBR after infection. The Read more…

Citadel Malware Continues to Deliver Reveton Ransomware in Attempts to Extort Money

A new extortion technique is being deployed by cyber criminals using the Citadel malware platform to deliver Reveton ransomware. The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators. In addition to instilling a fear of… Read more »

Travnet Trojan Could Be Part of APT Campaign

Attackers use all kinds of attack vectors to steal sensitive information from their targets. Their efforts are not limited to only zero-day vulnerabilities. Malware authors often exploit old vulnerabilities because a large number of organizations still use old vulnerable software. The Trojan Travnet, which steals information, is a classic example of malware that takes advantage Read more…

Oops – Have You Forgotten to Secure Your Devices?

Isn’t Christmas and the school holidays a whirlwind? Between holiday ‘catch-ups’, the very intense family schedule and New Year’s celebrations, it can be a wonderful yet often exhausting time. Sometime it is hard to find a moment to think! But now school has begun and the dust has settled. Phew! So, I have to ask Read more…

Happy Birthday Internet – What Are the Challenges Security Experts Predict For the Future?

The Lady has just turned 30. But she isn’t ready to leave the limelight yet, for she is still evolving, still acquiring large number of admirers daily. No wonder that over 2.4 billion people across the world are her diehard users today, according to Internet World statistics. Wondering who she is? She is the wonder Read more…

Shady Surfing: Online Ads 182x More Likely than Adult Websites to Infect Your PC

Wait…what! You heard it right: According to a recent security report, Internet users are 182 times more likely to get a virus from clicking on online ads than visiting an adult website. At first glance, this sounds extremely counterintuitive (and it is). In theory, wouldn’t your risk go up when visiting shady sites? Yes and Read more…

Fake-Alert Scam Targets Mac Users

One of the most prevalent families of recent Trojans is called fake alerts. These Trojans generate fake warning screens that look like they were generated by legitimate security or anti-malware software. The majority of malware within this family attempts to con users by convincing them that their systems are at risk and that they should purchase Read more…