Category Archives: Anti-Malware Research

Posts related to ongoing research into malware detection and removal.

February 14, 2017, 1:22 pm
in Anti-Malware Research , by Bogdan Botezatu

APT28 operators have upped their game – the Xagent payload now can target victims running Mac OS X to steal passwords, grab screens and steal iPhone backups stored on the Mac.

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November 2, 2016, 11:00 am
in Anti-Malware Research , by Alexandra GHEORGHE

foo hack AGAIN HEY SORRY ITS ONLY FOR POC

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August 18, 2016, 2:17 pm
in Anti-Malware Research , by Alexandra GHEORGHE

Users might be risking their privacy, and even physical security, when using smart plugs to manage appliances in homes, office buildings and other spaces. A popular electrical socket is vulnerable to malicious firmware upgrades and can be controlled remotely to … Continue reading

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July 5, 2016, 2:34 pm
in Anti-Malware Research , by Alexandra GHEORGHE

A new piece of malware, dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by Bitdefender researchers, exposes Apple systems to cyber-espionage and full, clandestine control from malicious third-parties.

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July 1, 2016, 1:32 pm
in Anti-Malware Research , by Razvan Stoica

Bitdefender researchers Marius Tivadar, Cristian Istrate, Iulian Muntean and Andrei Ardelean dissected some malware samples which had been used in the Pacifier APT spear phishing campaign over the past two years. These samples show clear evolution over time, both in … Continue reading

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June 8, 2016, 4:13 pm
in Anti-Malware Research , by Alexandra GHEORGHE

Bitdefender detects and blocks a new type of ransomware that replicates itself on removable and network drives. The sample analyzed by our researchers has worm-like capabilities – it can spread via autorun.inf files on USB drives. When an infected USB is plugged into … Continue reading

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May 16, 2016, 9:03 am
in Anti-Malware Research , by Alexandra GHEORGHE

Online advertising is a multi-billion dollar business mostly ran by Google, Yahoo or Bing via AdSense-like programs. The current generation of clickbots such as the Redirector.Paco Trojan have taken abuse to a whole new level, burning through companies’ advertising budget at an unprecedented pace.

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April 20, 2016, 12:00 am
in Anti-Malware Research , by Liviu Arsene

The Petya ransomware that has been encrypting the NTFS Master File Table has recently been analyzed by the Bitdefender research team and found to sport similarities with other ransomware families, such as Chimera and Rokku.

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March 25, 2016, 10:03 am
in Anti-Malware Research , by Alexandra GHEORGHE

Bitdefender researchers examined the security stance of four Internet-connected consumer devices. The team scrutinized the way each device connects to the Internet and to the cloud, as well as the communication between the device and corresponding mobile application. Results show that … Continue reading

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March 10, 2016, 6:15 pm
in Anti-Malware Research , by Razvan Stoica

The Angler exploit kit took over from Blackhole as the tool of choice for the discerning malware writer, achieving a position of prominence among web exploit kits, not last due to the extreme variety of exploits used. While Angler doesn’t … Continue reading

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