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Aug 24 2009   8:33PM GMT

Red alert – automated SHIELDS Up – malware becomes smarter!

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

If you haven’t recently kept up to date on the malware front, a recent article at DarkReading may come as a surprise to you. ALERT: Malware has become intelligent!

Rare Malware A Hint Of Threats To Come shows that malware has come a long way and has gained some significant intelligence to avoid detection. The article mentions that some attacks are more directed than broad. These attacks go at specific organizations and even specific data at those organizations. Once the data is collected, the malware can clean up after itself and disappear.

Other “intelligent” behavior seen by researchers includes command and control systems that can determine if a device is actually an owned bot or a researcher imitating a bot. In these types of cases, the command and control system can actually blacklist the researcher’s network range so it cannot intrude on the malware environment.

Quite intriguing stuff and this is what is really happening today! You should be familiar with this stuff if you manage a computer network and are responsible for security. Remember in secURITy – U R IT (you are IT).

Thanks for reading & let’s continue to be good network citizens!

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