CryptoDefense, a ransomware competitor to CryptoLocker, has an implementation flaw that could allow for recovery of the decryption key from the victim’s computer.
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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[...]
The peer-to-peer version of Zeus was especially busy in the first quarter with infections reported by banks in 10 countries that previously had eluded Zeus’ reach.
The Ajax Security Team of Iran has been linked to attacks against the U.S. defense industrial base and Iranian dissidents inside and outside of the country, FireEye said.
As the sophistication and deployment of PoS malware increases, organizations struggle to defend against even simple attacks.
UPDATE–Ransomware has been wreaking havoc on desktops for many years now, with attackers demanding that victims pay a fee to unlock the infected system. This kind of malware hasn’t been a huge issue yet on mobile devices, but that’s beginning to change, albeit slowly. A new piece of mobile malware targeting Android is being sold by the same group responsible[...]