A type of malware called Reveton, which falsely warns users they’ve broken the law and demands payment of a fine, has been upgraded with powerful password stealing functions, according to Avast.
Reveton is in a class of nasty programs known as “ransomware,” which includes the notorious Cryptolocker program that encrypts a computer’s files. The FBI issued a warning about Reveton in August 2012 after its Internet Crime Complaint Center was flooded with complaints.
The malware often infects computers via drive-by download when a person visits a website rigged to automatically exploit software vulnerabilities. Users are helpless after the computer is locked, with Reveton demanding a few hundred dollars as ransom payable various web-money services.
Read more here:http://www.pcworld.com/article/2466980/reveton-ransomware-upgraded-with-powerful-password-stealer.html
This isn’t the first time Sony has been involved with malware, but it might be the first time they were involved without actually knowing about it.
Among the files stolen by Guardians of Peace during their attack on Sony Pictures were hundreds of digital certificates. Though normally certificate revocation is a top priority following a breach like this, it’s been nearly two weeks now and Sony still hasn’t pulled the trigger as of this morning.
The longer certificates like these float around, the more likely it becomes that someone is going to abuse them… and that’s exactly what happened. A sample of the Destover malware — the same malware that was used in the Sony attack — was spotted by Kaspersky researchers bearing a Sony Pictures signature.
Read more: http://www.geek.com/apps/sony-hackers-stole-digital-certificates-which-someone-used-to-sign-malware-1611372/
Stop us if this sounds familiar: a company executive does something that makes a foreign government’s leadership upset. A few months later, hackers break into the company’s network through a persistent cyber attack and plant malware that erases the contents of hard drives, shuts down e-mail servers and phone systems, and brings operations to a screeching halt.
That’s not just what happened to Sony Pictures Entertainment in late November—it’s also what happened to Las Vegas Sands Corp., owners of the Sands, Venetian, and Palazzo hotels and casinos, in a cyber attack that began last January. The attack and the damage it did were kept quiet by the company until it was reported in a story by Bloomberg Businessweek today.
Read More: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/iranian-hackers-used-visual-basic-malware-to-wipe-vegas-casinos-network/
By Rachel Ehrenfeld, IHLS
Rising geopolitical tensions have led to a constant barrage of cyber hacking into the U.S. government, industries and businesses. The recent attack against California-based Sony Pictures Entertainment marked a turning point. It was the first officially acknowledged destructive coordinated cyberattack against a U.S.-based corporation.
This led to Monday’s FBI confidential “flash” report warning to businesses, explaining that the malicious software overrides all data on hard drives of the computers, and the master boot record. “The overwriting of the data files prevents the computers from booting up and makes it impossible to recover the data using standard forensic methods,” the report said.
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We just got in a couple of MSI GTX 970 OC cards. These are setting a new standard for gaming or any other application requiring high speed graphics. Here is a quick look at the specifications:
Armor 2X Thermal Design
RAMDAC Speed: 400 MHz
Maximum Resolution: 4096 x 2160
Analog Signal: Yes
Digital Signal: Yes
API Supported: DirectX 12
API Supported: OpenGL 4.4
Multi-GPU Technology: SLI
Number of Monitors Supported: 4
HDCP Supported: Yes
Features: Propeller Blade Technology
Chipset Model: GTX 970
Processor Speed: 1102 MHz
Standard Memory: 4 GB
Memory Speed: 7010 MHz
Memory Technology: GDDR5 SDRAM
Bus Width: 256 bit
Number of DisplayPort Outputs: 1
Number of HDMI Outputs: 1
Number of DVI Outputs: 2
Stop in today and check it out!