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Understanding web bots and how they hurt your organization

The internet is literally crawling with bots. Millions of them scour the farthest reaches of the internet every day, indexing content, testing connections, and making the web more useful overall.

ZeroAccess botnet reactivates, click fraud activity resumes

ZeroAccess botnet reactivates, click fraud activity resumes

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The Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit first noticed the ZeroAccess botnet reactivating from March 21, 2014, to July 2, 2014.

Kaspersky notes increase in legitimate certificates used to sign malware

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The number of legitimate certificates used to sign malware jumped from 1,500 to more than 6,000 in only six years.

xHamster malvertising campaign exploits Adobe zero-day

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The number of infections for a malvertising campaign originating on an adult website rose by 1500 percent in a two-day period.

Phishing scam tricks users by acting as fake child sex offender alert

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The newly identified attack disguises itself as a warning to parents about a new child predator who has moved into their neighborhood.

Zeus variant targeting Canadian banks, U.S. banks may also be a target

Zeus variant targeting Canadian banks, U.S. banks may also be a target

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A new Zeus trojan variant is targeting a number of banks in Canada, including Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, and National Bank of Canada.

Winnti trojan may help set stage for Skeleton Key attacks, analysts say

Winnti trojan may help set stage for Skeleton Key attacks, analysts say

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Security firm Symantec found a backdoor, called Winnti, on a computer also infected with Skeleton Key.

Upatre, Dyre used in Univ. of Florida attack

Upatre, Dyre used in Univ. of Florida attack

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Hundreds of computers belonging to University of Florida students and faculty were infected with Upatre and Dyre in a multistage attack.

Researcher commandeers drone through Maldrone backdoor

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A security engineer from Citrix demonstrated the Maldrone malware that he built as a backdoor to control drones.

Firm finds link between Regin spy tool and QWERTY keylogger

Firm finds link between Regin spy tool and QWERTY keylogger

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Source code for the keylogger, called QWERTY, was published in Snowden documents.

New attack uses ransomware to drop trojans and keyloggers

New attack uses ransomware to drop trojans and keyloggers

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The Internet Crime Compliant Center issued a warning on Thursday about a new scam that might be rooted in an initial ransomware infection.

CTB-Locker ransomware variant being distributed in spam campaign

CTB-Locker ransomware variant being distributed in spam campaign

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As part of a recent spam campaign, Trend Micro researchers observed a variant of CTB-Locker ransomware asking for 3 Bitcoins within 96 hours.

Analysts detail spying tool Regin's malicious modules

Analysts detail spying tool Regin's malicious modules

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Two stand-alone modules, dubbed Hopscotch and Legspin, were analyzed by Kaspersky Lab.

Study: 11 percent of banking-related Android apps flagged suspicious

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Apps were flagged for containing malware or suspicious binaries, a RiskIQ study found.

False malware alerts cost organizations $1.27M annually, report says

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Research from The Ponemon Institute and Damballa found that of an average 17,000 alerts a company fields weekly, only 19 percent are reliable.

RAT infects League of Legends, Path of Exile gamers in Asia

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Attackers compromised gaming platform provider Garena to infect legitimate releases of popular games.

Affordable Care Act phishing campaign identified, US-CERT issues advisory

Affordable Care Act phishing campaign identified, US-CERT issues advisory

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US-CERT issued an advisory on Thursday, warning of phishing emails referencing the Affordable Care Act.

KL-Remote toolkits let criminals 'virtually mug' unsuspecting users

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A previously unpublished remote overlay toolkit offers an easy-to-use GUI and can be embedded in most common banking malware.

'Skeleton Key' malware installed as in-memory patch on Active Directory DCs

'Skeleton Key' malware installed as in-memory patch on Active Directory DCs

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Researchers at Dell SecureWorks CTU discovered two variants on the malware, which targets Windows 64-bit systems.

TorrentLocker infections surge in Australia, New Zealand

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A new phishing campaign making the rounds is spreading the malware that asks victims to pay a ransom in Bitcoins to decrypt their files.

Chinese police department purchased spyware

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A police department in Wenzhou bought a coding machine and software used to plant trojans in jail-broken iPhones and Androids.

'Windigo' malware campaign spreads to porn websites

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An ESET malware analyst previewed a speech he'll give later this week and said 'Operation Windigo' perpetrators changed their tactics to infect adult websites.

Steam gets CAPTCHA for trading verification

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On Friday, the gaming and social networking platform Steam announced the changes.

Stealthy 'XOR.DDoS' trojan infects Linux systems, installs rootkit

Stealthy 'XOR.DDoS' trojan infects Linux systems, installs rootkit

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The newly discovered 'XOR.DDoS trojan infects Linux systems to possibly build an army of devices to be used in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Variant of Emotet banking malware used in spam campaign

Variant of Emotet banking malware used in spam campaign

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German-language speakers are the primary target of a spam campaign that involves a variant of the Emotet banking malware.

AOL advertising network used to distribute malware

AOL advertising network used to distribute malware

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Malware is being distributed to visitors of The Huffington Post website, as well as several other sites, via malicious advertisements served over the AOL advertising network

Android malware rises 300 percent, report says

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Quick Heal's annual threat report found a marked increase in Android malware between 2011 and the end of 2014.

FBI: Sony hackers threatened U.S. news organization

FBI: Sony hackers threatened U.S. news organization

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Early reports suggest that the news organization being threatened is CNN.

Firm analyzes Havex infections on 64-bit Windows systems

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According to Trend Micro, a 64-bit version of the malware has been detected infecting Windows 7 users.

German government says Regin malware not on Merkel staffer's laptop

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A spokesperson for the German government has refuted reports that the Regin spyware made its way onto the laptop of the chancellor's top aide.

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