VIRLOCK, a malware for two generations

March 24, 2015 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the Web 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.

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Patnote.a/Pioneer-A - Computer viruses are not dead

February 6, 2014 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebIn 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.

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CryptoLocker still asks for money, the community strikes back

November 13, 2013 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe 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.

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The 5 all-time worst malware according to Trend Micro

August 22, 2009 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebTrend 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.

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New tricks for file viruses

August 21, 2009 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebFile viruses are only a small part of nowadays malicious code diversified landscape, and yet these ancient malware designed to infect legitimate software by parasitizing its executable routines continue, every now and then, to hit the headlines with news worth the attention. The latest couple of examples of this remarkable endurance ability affects an old but still popular development environment and the most known among CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs.

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Klaatu, barada, nikto, Conficker!

April 10, 2009 · Filed Under In Depth, Security · Comment 

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances More than a week after the 1st of April, the day when the Internet stood still because according to the press the Conficker/Downup/Downadup/Kido worm could have destroyed the net, the infrastructures, civilized mankind and the entire planet things are going more or less as usual: Internet remains a dangerous place but it hasn’t exploded like a supernova, and bits are flowing quickly from a part to another one of the planet. The true novelty is that the botnet built up by one of the most complex malware ever finally shows what its true purpose is.

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File viruses, the outbreak goes on

February 24, 2009 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the Web As previously highlighted, traditional viruses, the ones that nowadays are generally defined as “file viruses” and target executable programs parasitizing and exploiting them as a medium for their propagation, even though reduced to a marginal component of the crowded zoo of beasties making up modern malware aren’t vanished at all. A confirmation of this is the fact that, after the Sality case, new parasitic viruses families have in the past days caught the attention of experts and security firms.

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Conficker, the perfect storm worm

January 23, 2009 · Filed Under In Depth, Security · Comment 

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances The Conficker worm, also known as Downup, Downadup or Kido, is floating around since October 2008. Security firms know it pretty well, and in the past days the malware has become known as much well to users too having infected a significant amount of machines all over the world. We have returned to the “good” old times of Sasser, Blaster and Mydoom outbreaks, and the already worrisome proliferation of the worm threatens to get even worse because of some conditions that increasingly support its spreading.

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Internet? A very dangerous place

December 13, 2008 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebTrend Micro security enterprise has ranked the attack vectors exploited by the 100 most widespread malware from January to November 2008, and the results speak by themselves: among all the possible infection ways Internet is absolutely the most used (or better still abused) one by worms, trojans and other types of digital pathogenetic agents constantly hunting for victims and unprotected systems to compromise.

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New Gpcode version detected. Ransomware strikes again

December 3, 2008 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebA dangerous malware breed skilled in cryptographic techniques is coming back under the spotlight. Trend Micro has spotted in the wild a new Gpcode variant, the trojan that since 2005 has let everybody know the meaning of the world ransomware, that is a type of malware expressly designed to encrypt the user’s data files asking afterward for a money ransom to restore them.

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