Category: Symantec

Regin: Another Military-Grade Malware 0

Regin: Another Military-Grade Malware

Regin is another military – grade surveillance malware (tech details from Symantec and Kaspersky ). It seems to have been in operation between 2008 and 2011. The Intercept has linked it to NSA/GCHQ operations, although I am still skeptical of the NSA/GCHQ hacking Belgian cryptographer Jean-Jacques Quisquater


Spike in Malware Attacks on Aging ATMs

This author has long been fascinated with ATM skimmers , custom-made fraud devices designed to steal card data and PINs from unsuspecting users of compromised cash machines. But a recent spike in malicious software capable of infecting and jackpotting ATMs is shifting the focus away from innovative, high-tech skimming devices toward the rapidly aging ATM infrastructure in the United States and abroad

Is Antivirus Dead? 0

Is Antivirus Dead?

Symantec declared anti-virus dead , and Brian Krebs writes a good response . He’s right: antivirus won’t protect you from the ever-increasing percentage of malware that’s specifically designed to bypass antivirus software, but it will protect you from all the random unsophisticated attacks out there: the “background radiation” of the Internet

How Antivirus Companies Handle State-Sponsored Malware 0

How Antivirus Companies Handle State-Sponsored Malware

Since we learned that the NSA has surreptitiously weakened Internet security so it could more easily eavesdrop, we’ve been wondering if it’s done anything to antivirus products. Given that it engages in offensive cyberattacks — and launches cyberweapons like Stuxnet and Flame — it’s reasonable to assume that it’s asked antivirus companies to ignore its malware. (We know that antivirus companies have previously done this for corporate malware.) My guess is that the NSA has not done this, nor has any other government intelligence or law enforcement agency.