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November 19, 2010  2:37 PM

Anatomy of a crimeware rootkit – scary stuff!



Posted by: Troy Tate
crimeware, infosec, malware, rootkit, training, trojan, tutorial

I came across a recent tutorial on reverse engineering the ZeroAccess / Max++ / Smiscer Crimeware Rootkit. This is a very malicious...

September 10, 2010  5:05 PM

Is there an orange ball in information security?



Posted by: Troy Tate
awareness, information security, infosec, malicious software, malware, network management, network security, security awareness

In Japan many retailers have what look like orange balls or waterballoons near checkouts. Bruce Schneier, a leading information security expert, recently blogged about these


August 27, 2010  1:35 PM

Hackers send exploit code to Microsoft



Posted by: Troy Tate
application development, information security, infosec, infosec awareness, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, web application development

Go ahead and report why your system crashed - send Microsoft the exploit code you are working on. As most Windows users know, you can send Microsoft details about what caused a system crash. In some cases hackers respond yes and their exploit code is sent to Microsoft according to a


August 23, 2010  6:32 PM

Investigation indicates trojan contributed to 2008 Spainair crash



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, av, computer maintenance, loss of life, malicious software, malware, malware protection, slow performance, trojan, virus

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May 19, 2010  8:09 PM

Malvertisements – 1.3 million viewed per day!



Posted by: Troy Tate
drive-by download, information security, information security awareness, infosec, malicious software, malware, security awareness

Last year the NY Times website had advertisements that served up some malicious content (Would you click if it showed on the NY Times website? -...

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February 2, 2010  5:40 PM

Malware writers get a little HLP from you



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, backdoor, botnet, command and control, malicious software, malware, malware research, mcafee, rootkit, support, system support, trojan, virus

I was roving around today on the McAfee TrustedSource Research Blog website and came across a very interesting entry about malware writers using...

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January 21, 2010  9:57 PM

Google Aurora attack focused on IE6 – does anybody do autoupdates anymore?



Posted by: Troy Tate
attack, Aurora, fixes, Internet Explorer, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, patch, patch management, threat, update, vulnerability

Maybe you have heard about the recent


January 15, 2010  7:33 PM

Recipe for malware infection – 10 steps



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, attack, firewall, information security, information security awareness, malware, patching, security awareness, social engineering, updates, zero day

For certain malware infection follow these steps: 1. Do not apply operating system patches. 2. Do not apply application patches. 3. Do open emails from unknown sources. 4. Do open attachments on emails from unknown sources. 5. Do open unexpected attachments appearing to be from known...


December 18, 2009  7:58 PM

Search engine for telnet, ftp, ssh and http brings hackers closer to your doorstep



Posted by: Troy Tate
ftp, http, information security, infosec, malware, network, network protection, reconnaisance, scanning, search, search engine, ssh, telnet, web

Google is obviously a great tool for everyone including hackers. If you have never heard of Google Hacking, then I highly recommend you take a look at what might be exposed and found through a Google search. This

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December 18, 2009  7:28 PM

Using PsExec to fight malware



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Sysinternals, psexec, remote administration, Sysinternals

The excellent Sysinternals Windows tools have been around for many years (since 1996!). Microsoft now has these tools available and they are all FREE! They are also available in a "live" way such that you do...


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