Opinion

Blogging bad for you?

Weblogs are springing up all over the place, on every topic under the sun. And not surprisingly, blogs have drawn the attention of virus writers as a new way of infecting computers. A recent report shows that blogs are being used to install viruses, keyloggers and other malicious code.

So should we close our blog? Or tell you to stop reading weblogs altogether?

I don’t think so. But weblogs are a potential threat, so here are our guidelines on how to protect your computer.

  • Anti-virus software is a must!
  • You must keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. Choose a vendor that provides frequent updates and make sure that you download the latest update.
  • Don’t trust any information from unknown sources: this includes email, instant messaging programs, FTP, and the Internet [e.g. weblogs!].
  • Be very wary of unusual or strange information, even if you seem to have received it from a trusted source.
  • Pay careful attention to information from reputable anti-virus companies. We’re able to give prompt warning about new threats.

In short: use the latest anti-virus protection and be very very careful who you trust…

Blogging bad for you?

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Reports

Ferocious Kitten: 6 years of covert surveillance in Iran

Ferocious Kitten is an APT group that has been targeting Persian-speaking individuals in Iran. Some of the TTPs used by this threat actor are reminiscent of other groups, such as Domestic Kitten and Rampant Kitten. In this report we aim to provide more details on these findings.

Andariel evolves to target South Korea with ransomware

In April 2021, we observed a suspicious Word document with a Korean file name and decoy. It revealed a novel infection scheme and an unfamiliar payload. After a deep analysis, we came to a conclusion: the Andariel group was behind these attacks.

Operation TunnelSnake

A newly discovered rootkit that we dub ‘Moriya’ is used by an unknown actor to deploy passive backdoors on public facing servers, facilitating the creation of a covert C&C communication channel through which they can be silently controlled. The victims are located in Africa, South and South-East Asia.

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