Kaspersky Labs

Researchers Discover the World’s Most Complicated Piece of Malware

Researchers from Kaspersky Labs claim to have discovered the most sophisticated piece of malware available on the Web. Detected by their antivirus product as TDSS, the Trojan employs a number of methods to avoid detection, including the use of encryption between the botnet command and control server and its zombies and a powerful rootkit component that conceals the presence other types of malware in a given system.

Google announced plans yesterday to fortify the Android Market in response to the appearance of the DroidDream Trojan, but do the company’s plans cross the line from innovative to intrusive? In a blog post, Kaspersky Labs researcher Timothy Armstrong warns that the search giant’s plans to repair Droid phones without user consent may not pass the sniff test. 

“The marketplace for hacker exploit kits is getting more crowded according to research by Kaspersky Labs, which found that new tools with names like SEOsploit and Crimepack are challenging the dominance of legacy tools like the Phoenix, Eleonore, Neosploit, YESExploit, and Liberty kits.

A Kaspersky Lab research report for November 2010 showed
the amount of email based spam fell 0.06 percent to 76.8 percent from October.
The study also showed there was a .47 percent decrease in the prevalence of
phishing emails across all mail traffic and a .13 percent decrease in the frequency
of malicious files found in email.

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