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Flamer malware spied for over five years

Flamer malware spied for over five years

The Flamer malware was really more of a cyber espionage tool. Security researchers have been analyzing a pair of recently discovered command-and-control servers that controlled Flamer. The researchers have uncovered some interesting, and disturbing facts about Flamer from those servers.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 13, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks - just one day left to go before the weekend is here once again. Today we were finally given some actual details about the Wii U, and it's safe to say that anticipation is quite a bit higher now that we know it's release date and pricing. Nintendo started off early with pricing and release information for Japan, and later on in the day, gave us pricing and release date details for the US and European releases. We were also given a list of "launch window" titles for the Wii U, and we have to say - it looks pretty impressive.

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Microsoft makes major progress in fight against Nitol Botnet

Microsoft makes major progress in fight against Nitol Botnet

Microsoft has kicked off a new initiative to try to stop the spread of the Nitol Botnet, and it has the backing of a US District Court in East Virginia in doing so. Microsoft's Digital Crime Unit was granted permission to go after those distributing the Botnet after it was discovered that cybercriminals were infiltrating the company's supply chain. Apparently, these unfavorable folks were loading counterfeit software housing the malware onto PCs at some point in the supply chain, leading retailers to unknowingly sell the infected machines.

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500,000 Android users in China infected with SMSZombie

500,000 Android users in China infected with SMSZombie

The amount of malware crafted and aimed at Android devices is ever-increasing. With Android being the most popular platform for smartphones and tablets around the world, Android users have become the low-hanging fruit when it comes to writing malware by the nefarious users. A new Android threat has affected 500,000 devices in China so far.

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New Trojan ‘Shamoon’ leaves PCs unbootable

New Trojan ‘Shamoon’ leaves PCs unbootable

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.

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Android malware level triples in Q2 2012

Android malware level triples in Q2 2012

Anyone that uses a smartphone, tablet, or computer knows that there's a lot of malware out there with the goal of infiltrating your device and stealing information or causing you headaches. According to security company Kaspersky Labs the amount of malware out there specifically targeting Android increased by a significant amount in Q2 of 2012. The company reports that malware levels increased threefold during Q2.

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Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

A new "cyber-espionage" toolkit that can track browser passwords, online banking credentials, cookies and other personal data has been identified in the wild, security researchers have announced. "Gauss" has until now been targeting users in the Middle-East, Kapersky Lab reports, exploiting previously-unseen loopholes and capable of stealing data from banks including Citibank, PayPal and Bank of Beirut. Somewhat bizarrely - and still unexplained - it also installs a special font on the victim's machine.

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DNSChanger Danger: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

DNSChanger Danger: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

How much warning is too much warning? At what point does an excess of caution evolve into fear, uncertainty and doubt? That the DNSChanger malware failed to down internet connections across the globe on Monday, despite increasingly shrill warnings that the FBI was preparing to pull the plug on the temporary servers keeping them afloat, is undoubtedly A Good Thing. However, it highlights one of the persistent issues facing computing: the challenges in balancing caution and panic.

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Internet goes offline for thousands as DNSChanger cleanup peaks

Internet goes offline for thousands as DNSChanger cleanup peaks

Thousands of internet users are waking up to no web connection this morning, with the temporary servers handling those infected by DNSChanger being shut down. ISPs and the FBI had warned surfers that, had their DNS settings been changed by the malware, they would lose access to the workaround fix that had been in operation for the past few months. Estimates of how many people will be impacted today are unclear, with the numbers of those relying on the most active servers last month exceeding 100,000.

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PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

Today's malware has a deadline: get rid of DNSChanger now, or come Monday, July 9, you may find yourself without access to the internet altogether. Hundreds of thousands of computers around the world have been infected by the trojan, which changes DNS settings - among other things - so as to route web traffic through compromised servers. Now, the FBI is preparing to pull the plug on those servers - and many people's internet connection with them.

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