Malware is any software application which subverts the will of the legitimate owner of a computer, by means of force or subterfuge, with or without personal or monetary gain on the part of the creator.

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Recover file using Java RanNum Gen + Key

EDIT: Here is some more background. I am basically trying to reproduce this the method outlined here I have been able to hit everything up until the paragraph regarding the decrypting of the data file ...
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Why would malware try to remove other malware?

Recently my php-based website got infected with malware (probably by a stolen ftp password). Basically, every 30 minutes a file frame_cleaner_php.php was uploaded, a HTTP-GET was done on it to execute ...
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How do you visit a link without risking your computer?

I got a link from: http //61.19.247./~naowit/dustin.html (removed the last digits so you don't accidentally click it! (they were 192)), which was masked as a youtube.com link via email. Now I'm not ...
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Is it safe to install malware in a VM

Is it safe to install malware in virtual machines? I would like to investigate malware, but I don't want to infect my own computer. Can I install the malware in a VMWare VM, maybe even without ...
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Where to find papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems?

I am right now working on a problem and looking for some papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems. I am no expert in that area, so I lack the knowledge where to find material ...
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Can malware read keychain entries on iOS devices?

Keychain entries of a 3rd party app are protected according their 'protection class'. For example, assigning the class 'kSecAttrAccessibleWhenUnlocked' to a keychain entry means that the entry is only ...
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How do I figure out how malware infected my server, and the subsequent sites on the server?

I recently was in charge of fixing our server at work, and cleaning the sites on it. We were infected with some malware that injected some code into some of our clients websites. Apparently, there was ...
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DNS queries with hex string that is a SHA1 of a domain name! Is it a malware?

My computer does a lot of queries to strange domains such as: 56cea5c2b408989ab067adcb787d0f99209bbe07.mydomain.com The strange thing is that 56cea5c2b408989ab067adcb787d0f99209bbe07 is the SHA1 of ...
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Why should I restrict the content type of files be uploaded to my site?

We are building an application where users can upload resumes in our system for our administrators to download. We are having a debate about restricting the content type of the files that can be ...
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How to reverse engineer w32/malware!gemini?

How would you go about reverse engineering malware W32/Malware!Gemini. Recently I found it installed on my computer and would like to trace where the data is being sent.
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Is there a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads?

As mentioned in the title I'm looking for a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? Maybe there is ...
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Can one get infected through visiting a site with a PHP script on it and if yes, how?

I can imagine a clientside JavaScript that gets executed in a vulnerable browser to do some harm, but how can this be done with PHP? Since it's serverside it shouldn't have access to the visitor's ...
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Online virus scanning service with remote file submission?

I have some links that contain hacking tool and whatnot and I want to pass them to a virus scanning service. The thing is that I don't want to download them to my pc and upload them to their service, ...
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How would you analyze an image to find out if there are scripts embedded in it?

How would you analyze an image to find out if there are scripts or possible malware embedded in it? What tools / methods to use?
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Any additional security with large blacklisting hosts file?

I run Windows with a pretty hefty c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts file obtained from http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm. I update this file as regularly as I remember and layer it with ...
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How is a worm different from a virus?

In spite of various online articles, I'm a bit unclear on the distinction between a "worm" and a "virus". Two related questions-- Is there a useful and clear distinction here or no? If so, what is ...
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Does a Virtual Machine stop malware from doing harm?

I would like to know if it is save for the host system of a virtual machine (VM - VirtualBox OSE in my case) to execute malware. Can a virus break out and read or write data from the host system? ...
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What is the risk of giving USB drives as promotional items by a healthcare provider

There have been a couple of instances where malware infected USB drives have been given away unknowingly as promotional items at conferences, e.g., IBM in 2010. Besides this, if a healthcare company ...
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Duqu and other reference material for security people

I would like to read more on Duqu and similar exploits when they appear. The problem is that most references from google are for laymen. Isn't there a reference website or... that reports on these ...
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Detecting malware-infected USB drives

I'm about to distribute some relatively cheap promotional usb drives to some of my company's clients. I'm fairly confident the company I purchased them from wouldn't intentionally implant malware on ...
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How serious is InstallIQ?

Background: Recently I've seen hits for InstallIQ a "potentially unwanted application" from ESET. From what I can find it seems like this is an installer wrapper that asks people to install other ...
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How do you remove the Security Sphere malware?

My boss' computer has become infected with something called "Security Sphere". When googling for information on how to remove it I get many pages that have been optimized for the term "Security Sphere ...
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Downloading suspect files into quarantine?

Are there any tools out there or methods available to download a suspect file for analysis without having to worry about being infected?
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Am I protected from USB autorun malware on Windows 7?

As far as I know, the autorun.inf problem (the possibility of automatically executing code when a USB stick is plugged in) was solved through Windows Updates for XP, and on 7 it is no longer possible ...
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German police malware “Staatstrojaner” general question

In the case of the recent find by CCC, how exactly would the malware used by German police for internet wiretapping work? In default mode, it takes screenshots of active windows, it logs data and ...
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How to inject executable, malicious code into PDF, JPEG, MP3, etc.?

I wanted to know if its generally possible to inject executable code into files like PDFs or JPEGs etc., or must there be some kind of security hole in the application? And if so, how would one do ...
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How does the predator network prevent outside control by an attacker?

I read several articles saying some of the command and control fleet for the US robotic attack planes may have been infected with a virus. Does this command and control system communicate with the ...
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The Economics and White Hat Nature of NSS ExploitHub

This question is about the economic model employed by NSS with their ExpoitHub exploit marketplace (site link) and whether it jives with the white hat claims of the company. The company has made news ...
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Detecting Key Loggers

We know that key loggers are the most effective and most annoying means of getting compromised over login id/password on the web or any application.... and your whole privacy is breached. Is there ...
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Potentially unsafe files on second hard drive, how to get my files back?

I have my files on a second hard drive (disconnected for now). This drive was connected to a system infected with Virus:W32/Virut. I have formatted my main hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP. Now I ...
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Where can I find good resources on reversing web malware?

I am wondering where I can find a good site with resources on reversing web malware like javascript, flash, html5, and any other stuff that is designed to attack the clients. Does anyone have any ...
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What programming language is Stuxnet written in?

I was listening to a story about Stuxnet and was curious if anyone knew what language it was written in? Is the source code for Stuxnet available anywhere?
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Is making a clean install enough to remove potential malware?

Is formatting the disk and reinstalling the system from scratch (to Ubuntu) enough to remove any potential hidden software spyware, keyloggers etc.? Or can something still persist installed in the ...
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Checking if notebook is clean of hardware spyware

Are there any simple steps one can follow to verify if a notebook is clean from hardware spyware? What should be looked for? How should it look? If any visual tutorials with photographs are ...
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Does the Mebromi BIOS flashing rootkit mean APTs for personal computers are here?

With the recent discovery of the Mebromi BIOS firmware virus/MBR rootkit http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/14/bios_rootkit_discovered/ in the wild are we now actually in the age of Advanced ...
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How to detect infected machines on my wifi?

I currently live in a building with around 40-50 other tenants (mostly students) and we all share one connection to the Internet using one of 3 wifi routers that are spread throughout the building. ...
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What is multi-path malware?

I would like to know, in malware analysis, what is meant by "multi-path execution". I read this when I encounter the words in malware detection literature related to Control Flow Graph (CFG).
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Malware - are removal tools acceptable or is bare metal re-install the only safe option?

I see a number of companies offering "malware removal" services. I see some software that claims to be able to remove malware from an infected machine. Is using a removal software tool to 'clean' an ...
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Security issues with allowing Dropbox installations on client PC's in our organisation

Does anyone know if there is any good reasons not to allow Dropbox installations on our client PC's? All the PC's have antivirus installed and running. I know it is an additional attack vector to ...
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How can I assess the trust worthiness of a browser add-on?

Having learned a bit more about what add-ons/extensions can do in Firefox, I want to minimize my risk and use some safer mechanism to download videos (FLV in particular) for later viewing. ...
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Browsing on a USB OS (Linux) safe from malware?

Let's say I have a computer. It's a personal computer - the one you'd typically find in homes. In this scenario, it's running Windows XP SP3, although it could run 7, Vista, etc. I have a USB drive ...
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What are the security implications of people downloading addons, wrongly thinking that they are safe?

I recently learned about a plugin for Firefox called Fire Sheep, which was featured on the Security Now podcast. I downloaded F.S. and began examining it. To my surprise it includes C++ code that must ...
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Are there any independent organizations doing (publicly available) IT security research?

When looking up security risks on the net I find that all research being cited (if any is cited) always seems to come from the Anti-Malware companies. (just e.g., this article cites F-secure, AVG and ...
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Statistics on purposes of viruses/malware

Are there any resources that analyze the purpose or goal or the major viruses/malware out in the wild today? For example, what percentage are used to construct botnets (for DDoS or something else)? ...
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Is it safe to attach a potentially malicious hard drive to a Solaris machine?

We bring in hard drives from un-trusted sources and would like to ensure that they will not contain any harmful content. What kind of risk is there for Solaris? As in, if Solaris is running, and I ...
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Why do malware creators use such clever technologies for such silly purposes?

Some days ago I got infected by a malware, probably something new and very clever, as it went in unstopped and no scanning tool was able to detect it afterwards (see this question). It was a ...
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Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?

I'm a professional Windows system administrator, but I've been caught off-guard (or maybe some malware writer has been very clever) and I caught some unknown malware on my home computer (Windows 7 x64 ...
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Can Windows malware harm a Linux computer when it's executed with Wine?

I am an (Ubuntu) Linux user. Sometimes, I have to use Wine for running Windows executables. I would like to know if Windows malware (virus, trojan, worm,...), i.e. malware that was not intended to ...
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What are the best ways to fake a web server

I was wondering if anyone had some insight into the best way to fake a web service response rather than setting up a web server. For instance, while doing dynamic analysis of malware it's useful to ...
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Can home routers get infected?

I am behind a router(linksys that runs dd wrt on it) and I was infected with sality. I'm curious, can my router get infected too? If yes, how can I remove the infection? I used the search bar but ...