Category Archives: Virus / Hacker

‘BadTunnel’ a gateway to hell

Microsoft has a bounty program, which pays if you find a bug and explain why it’s a bug (or exploit).  They pay upto $50,000 USD for the information.  Yang Yu, founder of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab has made previous successful bounty claims … Continue reading

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Randsomware – the ‘new’ virus type

Locky encrypts your data using AES encryption and then demands .5 bitcoins to decrypt your files.  Though the ransomware sounds like one named by my kids, there is nothing childish about it.  It targets a large number of file extensions and … Continue reading

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HeartBleed & Microsoft

The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL has received a significant amount of attention, worry naught it won’t get you unless you have Apache on your Windows server. Microsoft services were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability and the Windows implementation of SSL/TLS … Continue reading

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Virus hits 600,000 Macs (so far)

For a couple of months Apple has been aware of some malware called ‘Mac Flashback’ and a resounding failure to do anything about it has cause and estimated (so far) 600,000 viral infections on Mac.  Thus the arguement finally ends, … Continue reading

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You had WHO call you?

In Canada we don’t get the FBI, NSA, CIA, Homeland Security, State Police, Local Cops or a myriad of odd agencies with dubious jurisdictions wanting to know much of anything regarding your computer server.  In Canada you get one of two … Continue reading

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“Hi, this is you computer company”

“Hello, this is your computer company and we are making this free call because you have a computer virus spamming the net.” Oddly enough you don’t recognize the voice, and they don’t seem to know anything about your computer or … Continue reading

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Gone Phishing?

Sadly the old hacker stereo type of a 13 year old in his basement no longer applies, especially with the latest series of ‘Patriot Hackers’ traced back to China.  Gone are the poorly written spoofs to get you to give … Continue reading

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McAfee got you down?

Minding your own business and all of the sudden you are told your system is insecure and needs a scan.  Problem is this isn’t a program you installed it’s ‘McAfee Security Scan’ which is just this side of malware.  You … Continue reading

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Android Malware

Google removed a bunch of malicious apps, most disguised as legitimate apps, from the Android Market after they were found to contain malware. The malware, dubbed DroidDream, uses two exploits to steal information such as phone ID and model, and … Continue reading

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Apple gets BlackHole RAT

RAT employs client-server program that communicates to its victim’s machine through its trojan server. The server application is installed on the victim while the client application is on the managing side. BlackHole is more a bare-bones, proof-of-concept beta program right … Continue reading

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