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Malware authors have a tendency to conceal themselves so that they can continue their actions uninterrupted. However, we have observed the opposite trend when some authors, who like to show their swagger when writing malware—in particular remote access tools (RATs). They proudly spread their work and post videos on YouTube to demonstrate them. In this […]

Phishing scams are immensely popular and we see millions of phishing messages everyday. Today we offer the top three phishing scams that attempt to steal your web mail credentials. Web Mail Scam This scam starts with an email that appears to come from Administrator or Helpdesk and requests that you validate or update your account. […]

Last year, we blogged about the actor known as Quarian, who is involved in targeted attacks. This individual or group has been active since at least 2011 and has targeted government agencies. The attacks use spear phishing campaigns with crafted .pdf and .doc files as bait for unsuspecting users. Recently, we found a new sample […]

Often we see malware authors using encryption or obfuscation along with other techniques to modify the static contents of malware. They do this to evade static-based clustering and detection even though the behavior is the same. In many cases obfuscation also helps hide the threat’s malicious intentions from security researchers. BackOff, a point-of-sale malware designed […]

At the AVAR conference in November, with the help of coauthor and independent security researcher Song Li, we will present our findings of an emerging mobile threat vector. We have found that in a group of popular retail apps, such as Costco’s and Walgreens’ apps for Android, when a QR code is scanned using the […]