The US government has "categorically refuted" accusations that it hacked computers used by the French presidency, after a magazine claimed a US team used malware and social engineering to access confidential data. The hack, which reportedly took place during the May elections, saw a staff member of then-president Nicolas Sarkozy fooled into clicking a fake Elysée presidential office webpage, L'Express claims. That supposedly allowed the US team to harvest that employee's login details.
We're getting news of a particularly nasty Trojan targeting Windows-based PC today, which anti-virus companies have dubbed "Shamoon." Like most malware, Shamoon exists to steal data from computers connected to the Internet, but what it does afterward is quite evil. In an effort to cover its tracks, it begins deleting files, including the Master Boot Record. This, naturally, leaves the PC unbootable, and can cause some major headaches. The malware itself is a 900KB file that uses many encrypted resources, as you can see below.
Kaspersky Labs discovered a new computer virus recently dubbed Gauss that targeted banking systems and financial information. According to Kaspersky Labs, the virus has infected over 2,500 computers, primarily located in Lebanon, and targets specific banks and financial institutions such as BlomBank and Credit Libanais. Now, web-based tools have been released that allows anyone to check if they’ve been infected by Gauss.
In a move that's certainly set to have some long-lasting consequences on the world's stage, as security experts at Kaspersy Lab speak with the United Nations on how acts of digital espionage - hacking, that is - should be outlawed. Though it's true that hacking is not an act that's technically legal in most places around the world - noone wants to have their computer busted into - it's not yet been agreed upon between the world's nations whether or not they should agree to outlaw digital attacks the way they did chemical warfare. It's more of a gentlemen's agreement not to be a jerk than it is a hard and fast set of rules.
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