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MS Researchers Tackle Automated Malware Classification

Researchers from Microsoft’s anti-malware engineering team are working on an automated way to sort through the thousands of malware families and variants attacking Windows computers. The company unveiled its plans at the EICAR (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research) conference in Hamburg, Germany, proposing the use of distance measure and machine learning technologies to come [...]

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Rootkit-Spreading Spyware Shop Shuts Down

A spyware distributor noted for an extensive use of rootkits that make its software difficult to delete has closed shop, citing unspecified practices of its distribution partners as the reason. ContextPlus, which spread spyware and adware, including software that hijacked searches and programs that leveled systems with egregious numbers of pop-up ads, has posted a [...]

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Spyware, Rootkit Maker Stops Distribution

LOS ANGELES—A co-owner of a Hollywood video game store that caters to celebrity clients on Wednesday pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to violate federal copyright laws by selling Xbox video game consoles modified to play pirated games. Jason Jones, a co-owner of ACME Game Store, entered a guilty plea in federal court in [...]

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Government-Funded Startup Blasts Rootkits

A startup funded by the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is ready to emerge from stealth mode with hardware- and software-based technologies to fight the rapid spread of malicious rootkits. Komoku, of College Park, Md., plans to ship a beta of Gamma, a new rootkit detection tool that builds on a prototype used [...]

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Rootkits to Mask Most Malware by 2008

Rootkits that hide malicious software from anti-virus and anti-spyware tools are growing in number and sophistication, and will pose an unprecedented risk to users by 2008, security company McAfee said this week. In the opening quarter of 2006, said McAfee in the first of a trilogy of reports on rootkits, its Avert Labs spotted more [...]

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All My Personal Details for Chocolate? Go on Then

On social engineering, rootkits and Easter eggs Infosec blog When I explain what I do to Spanish friends and neighbours in my faltering Castilian, people often ask me about malicious hackers. It’s very often hard to explain that the viruses they receive in their email are most likely random attacks. A PC is, after all, [...]

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Rootkit Numbers Rocketing Up: McAfee

Rootkits, used by hackers to hide malicious software, are on the rise and becoming more complex, according to security company McAfee. In the first quarter, the number of rootkits seen by McAfee’s Avert Labs grew by 700 percent, compared with the same period last year, the company said on Monday. Its research into “stealth techniques” [...]

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Rootkits, Smarter Hackers Pose Growing Security Threats

If reports issued by several well-known anti-virus companies are on the money, IT administrators will continue to face new and sophisticated forms of malware that challenge the security industry’s ability to stay ahead of emerging threats. Based on a new study released by software maker McAfee’s Avert Labs group, the technology used to cloak many [...]

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Microsoft Updates Worm Killer

Along with the usual patches unveiled Tuesday, Microsoft also updated the Windows Malicious Software Tool, a free utility that detects and deletes a limited number of worms, viruses, Trojans, and rootkits. April’s edition adds three new pieces of malware to the tool’s target list: the Valla virus, and Reatle and Locksky worms. Microsoft tagged all [...]

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Beyond Rootkits: World’s First Standalone Kernel Mode Bot?

A European student has just developed a Proof of Concept for what the developer believes is the world’s first kernel mode IRCbot. The creator, Tibbar (“Rabbit” spelled backwards), says the difference between this innovation and standard Windows rootkits lies in its crossover ability. Most Windows-based rootkits hide in device drivers, then depend on outside, usermode [...]

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