The effect of the takedown of the GameOver Zeus botnet this week has been immediate and significant. Researchers who track the activity of the peer-to-peer botnet’s activity say that the volume of packets being sent out by infected machines has dropped to almost zero.
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Malware capable of infecting point-of-sale devices once was a novelty, but it’s quickly becoming more common. Researchers at Arbor Networks have unearthed a new strain of PoS malware called Soraya that can scrape memory and has the ability to intercept information sent from Web forms, a specialty of the Zeus malware family. Soraya also has[...]
UPDATE–Law enforcement agencies in Europe and the United States, including Europol and the FBI, ran a coordinated takedown of the GameOver Zeus botnet on Friday, seizing servers and disrupting the botnet’s operation. Authorities say that the same botnet has been used to distribute the CryptoLocker ransomware and they’re now looking for a 30-year-old Russian whom[...]
Those in control of the Asprox botnet are hiding their malware in emails purporting to come from the USPS.
CryptoDefense, a ransomware competitor to CryptoLocker, has an implementation flaw that could allow for recovery of the decryption key from the victim’s computer.
UPDATE–Researchers have discovered a hybrid Trojan that combines elements of two of the more notorious crimeware strains of the last few years: Zeus and Carberp. It’s not uncommon for malware writers to steal bits and pieces of code from one another, but both Zeus and Carberp were once exclusively private tools, but the source code[...]
Dennis Fisher and Mike Mimoso discuss the US indictments of Chinese army officers for hacking, the Blackshades malware arrests, the new IE 8 zero day and the US prospects in the World Cup.
Attackers recently compromised a utility in the United States through an Internet-connected system that gave the attackers access to the utility’s internal control system network. The utility, which has not been named, had remote access enabled on some of its Internet-connected hosts and the systems were only protected by simple passwords. Officials at the ICS-CERT,[...]
The FBI, Justice Department and law enforcement in 19 countries announced the takedown of the Blackshades operation, responsible for dissemination of the Blackshades RAT.
From the beginning of the cybercrime epidemic, retailers have been among the most frequent targets, and the last year has seen some of the larger compromises in history. The Target data breach is at the top of that list, involving more than 100 million customers, and after years of increasingly serious compromises the retail industry[...]