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  • Blog Post: It’s NOT Koobface! New multi-platform infector

    Facebook continues being a popular target for malware authors as we discover yet another family that uses this popular social network to propagate. The main component, which we detect as Trojan:Java/Boonana , is written in Java which gives it cross platform capability infecting Windows, Mac and Linux...
  • Blog Post: Economies of scale: A perspective on cross-platform vulnerabilities

    A year ago, we published a blog post titled ' Backdoor Olyx - is it malware on a mission for Mac? '. It explored the intriguing questions that lay behind this backdoor's discovery, delivery and targets. We provided our observations and analysis, and suggested that this threat was used in a targeted attack...
  • Blog Post: Have you checked the Java?

    Whilst working on our normal data pull and analysis for the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report ( v9 - released last week ), I embarked on a mini discovery mission on the exploit data that MMPC detects with our antimalware technology. Although the main focus of antimalware software is on traditional...
  • Blog Post: Get gamed and rue the day...

    As we discussed last week , socially engineered threats are specially crafted threats designed to lure the eye and trick the mind - they look legitimate or benign, and in worst case, may take advantage of a trusted relationship, by utilizing a compromised account or familiar website. Social engineering...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Safety Scanner detects exploits du jour

    We recently updated the Microsoft Safety Scanner - a just-in-time, free cleanup tool.  The new version adds support for 64-bit Windows systems and also allows for the download of the tool to run in non-networked systems such as those behind an air-gap network, those within an ISPs walled garden...