Trend Micro recently discovered a new malware family, classified as PE_VIRLOCK and designed as a combination of two different types of malicious code. The first type is related to a past when we still talked about computer “viruses” and not cyber-crime, while the second one is one of the most successful malware-based businesses of the past years. VIRLOCK is a ransomware which is capable of spreading through file virus techniques, and the worst part is that its evolution isn’t complete yet.
In an age where malicious code has turned into cyber-crime and ransomware is asking for lot of money to unlock the access to user’s files, a particular class of malware with ancient origins is still able to survive - even though it’s forced to serve the needs of the aforementioned crime. The class I am talking about is the virus or file virus one, a type of digital pathogen that raged in the MS-DOS times and then began to slowly wane when Windows appeared and Internet worms brought their worldwide epidemics.
The CryptoLocker ransomware is still raging on-line and on users and companies computers, while new details about the source of this dangerous file-abducting trojan propagation come out and willing developers are trying to hinder the infection spreading. The criminal gang which created the malware even comes up with new ways to take money from users affected by the threat, even though in doing so it is forced to contradict itself.
A new ransomware for Windows PCs is roaming on-line, it’s called CryptoLocker and brings a very dangerous destructive potential. Security enterprise Sophos warns - via Naked Security - users and system admins about the new threat, its features and the fact that the “prevention is better than a cure” rule is true now more than ever. Curing the damages of a CryptoLocker infection, Sophos warns, is impossible for the time being.
Symantec recently detected a computer threat belonging to the ransomware category, a malware that is dangerous because of the way it attacks PCs based on Windows operating systems even though it isn’t particularly complex to defeat. Trojan.Ransomlock.AF, as the malware is named, targets users of the Chinese Internet with an account on Tencent QQ (or “QQ”), an instant messaging service that is very popular within the Asian country.
Someone could think that the strategies currently executed by cyber-criminals to extort personal information are sophisticated, dangerous and antivirus software-proof. Maybe it’s just like this, however it’s as much true that next to the fine technique the aforementioned criminals still use dirt cheap tricks against which there wouldn’t theoretically be any need for the antivirus at all. It would be enough to have one’s own brain always turned on when in front of the screen.
In Italy journalism is long-gone, and that’s a fact. And so? So greetings to Marco Travaglio and his video-column Passaparola, which arrives at the 100th installment today by picking holes in that pathetic tool of the soft propaganda that is Corriere della Sera. Which would be the “most authoritative newspaper of Italy”. Just ridiculous…
Taken from the Voglio Scendere blog as usual. Now more than ever, even though I don’t always agree with the opinions he expresses, I completely support Marco Travaglio’s work. Many rejoiced when they saw Silvio Berlusconi’s face covered in blood on YouTube, I cheered much less than I had expected by myself. Then berluscones managed to make me dismiss the desire for human mercy for a wretch considering himself as a god, while then he pays prostitutes to spend a night in company and takes iron sculptures in his face. It’s sad, more than disgusting.
Taken from: Minchiate - Passaparola - Voglio Scendere. Enjoy.
Marco Travaglio - La mafia non esiste, Berlusconi e Dell’Utri invece si (Mafia does not exist, Berlusconi and Dell’Utri do instead)
I’m starting to be tired of the logical accuracy of Travaglio’s reasoning, because by following his chronicles you end up being afore two possibilities: either you get a machine gun and make a trip to Palazzo Chigi (where the government is) to give Berlusconi some of that “civil war” he babbles about in front of the cameras, or you stay behind the screen by sending out a silent scream of wrath against these pieces of shit. Luckily tomorrow TV will switch to the DTT system in Campania, maybe RAI won’t be accessible anymore and I will return to intensely think about my two obsessions, ie computers and pretty chicks. Because there will be many other occasions in the future to get angry about that Berlusconi mafioso…
One thing lackeys of the psycho-pathetic Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi don’t lack surely is imagination: they try everything to take their boss out of troubles, even if they have to overturn an already very fragile judiciary system lacking the essential resources to answer to citizens’ need for justice. It’s obviously easy then to say that the magistrature doesn’t work after having turned it into a ghost with years of absurd laws, people have poor memory and by continuously repeating that in Italy judges and magistrates are the problem more than one comes to believe it.
How what was a major Western democracy - even with the Italian vices we all know - can die? It ends up that people don’t even notice it because they are too busy at watching tv serials on extended families or formats where one gets the money in exchange for broadcasting one’s own guts. And I’m not talking by hearsay, I’m describing my own family here and the reactions, nay the lack of reactions by my mother and my sister. Mothers and sisters (and perhaps fathers too) of Italy are too busy at doing some other business (my sister has to marry in the upcoming months) to notice what Silvio Berlusconi is doing to justice, the Constitution and to the Italian Republic on the whole.
The left-wing is dead, I was writing some days ago, and it’s more and more like the right wing. Actually the only thing that seems to remain alive in it is the brain in the underpants of these embarrassing powerful men with no dignity, which devote themselves to vices and then maybe, instead of denouncing the extortion, they even say “thanks” to Daddy Silvio (Berlusconi) that warns them about the compromising video clip because he can get to everything and everyone. Nowadays Italy would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so tragic.
I pleasantly record that, despite the new adventure of il Fatto Quotidiano (on which I hope to write down within a few days), Marco Travaglio continues to attend his Monday afternoon Passaparola columns as usual. Actually the subjects never lack, and talking about the fiscal shield for abroad funds return it’s always an (unpleasant) surprise to see how the Arcore mafioso clan is able, thanks to media asphyxial control, to put together “economy morality” and the pardon for mafiosos and cammorists willing to bring back home the offspring of their lucrative businesses. Only in Italy.
I already said I’m persuaded that Berlusconi and his most trustworthy thugs will survive this time too, and the latest Palermo events confirm my belief: at the time of Falcone there was Corrado Carnevale nicknamed “the verdict killer”, now faces have changed (Carnevale has been promoted to the Constitutional Court) but what remains the same is the State permeability to the anti-state that mafia and its presumed (but very likely) political puppeteers are.
After the forced absence during the previous installment of his column Passaparola, Marco Travaglio returns in video and starts again to carefully report what will be the outcome of the almost forthcoming hot season of the clash between the clan of presumed (but very likely) mafioso Silvio Berlusconi and that part of Italy that can still be considered a civil country. I’m ready to bet 10 to 1 that Papi will survive this time too.
It’s true that sooner or later even the worst will have a limit, and that this devastated country will have to face the Truth of History, something that doesn’t air with the eight o’clock TV news and sees Silvio Berlusconi and his equals as the criminals that they are. Clarified this, I’m not that hopeful as Travaglio is on the possibility that someone of those who know will start to talk soon. Maybe it’s because currently I’ve lost a bit of the ability to imagine the future, but for what I can see by miself this dunghill of mafioso rulers could still go on for a long time.
Trend Micro, a Tokyo-based security enterprise with over 4,000 employees in more than 30 countries, has recently asked the experts from TrendLabs (its global research organization) to make an updated list of the worst computer plagues ever. The resulting list includes 5 noteworthy examples of widespread infections which represented, during their respective period of wider circulation, the most dangerous security threats users and companies could have faced.
The funniest thing, within the endless succeeding of Silvio “Psycho-daddy” Berlusconi’s troubles with justice, is to observe how much this little man with a few hairs and a Viagra-colored libido has been busy defrauding the State, stealing and mocking people during his long criminal-entrepreneurial and now political career. What the new investigations on slush fund belonging to Mediaset and its owner Daddy-Silvio will end up being isn’t predictable, certainly the auto-censorship curtain involving the largest Italian mass media won’t let pass too much about the facts. Let’s hope in Il Fatto (literally “The Fact”).
For anyone having an IQ at least equal to 5, to hear the definition of “fiscal shield” for the remission of any kind of monetary trash returning from abroad can’t help but make one smile: the tens of million idiots still watching TV in this country swallow the lie, and the most criminal government I have ever seen in my life packs for its best customers (mafias, corrupters, Silvio Berlusconi who abridges both etcetera) the nth ad criminem benefit. For scum like this there is only prison, surely not a respite my not so dear, terrible, weak and opportunistic President Napolitano…