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    Archive for the ‘Malware’ Category




    Enterprises are currently being targeted by the macro malware BARTALEX in a recent outbreak of thousands of spammed emails. The infection routine for BARTALEX uses a Microsoft Word document and social engineering lure that is widely recognized by enterprises—making infection all too possible. This attack highlights how macro malware in Microsoft Office files is fast becoming a big threat to businesses and organizations. BARTALEX Infection Chain In this attack, a colleague of mine noticed an outbreak of spammed messages all related to Automated ...

    Posted in Malware |



    With additional analysis from David Agni Improvements in security file scanners are causing malware authors to deviate from the traditional malware installation routine. It's no longer enough for malware to rely on dropping copies of themselves to a location specified in the malware code and using persistence tactics like setting up an autostart feature to ensure that they continue to run. Security file scanners can easily block and detect these threats. A tactic we have spotted would be using fileless malware. Unlike ...

    Posted in Malware |



    Exploits kits have long been used to deliver threats to users, but they seem to have gone retro: it was recently being used to deliver fake antivirus malware. We closely monitor exploit kit activity because of their widespread use (we discussed their use in malvertising recently), so it was no great surprise to see the Fiesta exploit kit being used to deliver crypto-ransomware. The choice of exploits delivered is broadly in line with other exploit kits. Flash, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader/Acrobat, and Silverlight are ...

    Posted in Malware |



    Long-running APT campaign Operation Pawn Storm has begun the year with a bang, introducing new infrastructure and zeroing in on targets including North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and even the White House. This is according to the latest intelligence gleaned from Trend Micro’s ongoing research into the attack group, and comes as a follow-up to our widely publicized October 2014 report. Operation Pawn Storm: A Background Operation Pawn Storm is an active economic and political cyber-espionage operation that targets a wide ...

    Posted in Malware, Targeted Attacks |



    Cybercriminals have been taking advantage of tax season for years. While we have seen tax seasons involving countries like Australia and the U.K., it appears that cybercriminals tend to heavily favor the use of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scams, especially during the US tax season. Over the years, the attackers’ means may have evolved but their goal remains the same—to trick victims into giving out personal information or money. Our new research paper, A Profile of IRS Scammers: Behind Tax Fraud, takes an ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |


     

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