Simplocker Android ransomware variant identified, tougher to decrypt files

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A new and improved variant of Simplocker ransomware for Android devices is currently being distributed, according to Avast. When Simplocker was first identified in June 2014, it was considered possibly the first ransomware for Android devices that encrypts files. However, the encryption key was hardcoded inside the malware and was not ...

DDoS malware for Linux systems comes with sophisticated custom-built rootkit

Friday, February 6th, 2015

A malware program designed for Linux systems, including embedded devices with ARM architecture, uses a sophisticated kernel rootkit that's custom built for each infection. The malware, known as XOR.DDoS, was first spotted in September by security research outfit Malware Must Die. However, it has since evolved and new versions were seen ...

Serious bug in fully patched Internet Explorer puts user credentials at risk

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

A vulnerability in fully patched versions of Internet Explorer allows attackers to steal login credentials and inject malicious content into users' browsing sessions. Microsoft officials said they're working on a fix for the bug, which works successfully on IE 11 running on both Windows 7 and 8.1. The vulnerability is known ...

Another Unpatched Adobe Flash Zero-Day vulnerability Exploited in the Wild

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

A critical vulnerability (CVE-2015-0313) exists in Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.296 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh.  Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  We are aware of reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild via drive-by-download attacks against systems running Internet Explorer ...

New version of Autoruns integrates with VirusTotal

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The new version of Microsoft's Autoruns (version 13 - released last week) integrates the VirusTotal API for quick analysis and verification of unknown and questionable processes.  After running the program, just right-click on any entry and select Check VirusTotal: You will need to accept VirusTotal's Terms of Service by clicking Yes: Once ...