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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Malware known to use port knocking to evade detection by network scanners?

Are there any known cases of malware in the wild that utilize port knocking on a backdoor to evade detection by network scanners?
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Besides MBR & BIOS, is it possible for a rootkit to stay persistant after a format of the harddrive?

If a system becomes infected and does not have any other storage units besides the one hard drive. Is it there any other way for a rootkit to stay on the system besides infecting the BIOS OR the MBR ...
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Hiding process from Task Manager [closed]

What technique is used to hide a process from Task Manager? I'm currently researching ways I can do this in C++. Is this process called hooking? ...
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How does malware hooks ASEPs?

What are the operations made by malware to hook the auto start extensibility points in order to be able to run at the startup of the computer that runs Windows operation system ?
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Malware: extract private keys from smartcard?

We all appreciate smartcards because they secure private keys so they don't get exposed to the world. But in a production-environment it's often the case that smartcards are staying inserted for a ...
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Can malware physically damage a hard drive?

I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms were simply, "My computer freezes at random times." The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive and ...
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Why does Google Safe Browsing keep detecting malware on my website?

We provide a freemium service to upload large files and download them later on. Using ClamAV, we scan every file for viruses after it is uploaded and before it can be downloaded. The file is deleted ...
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Do common malware compromise recovery partitions?

Just about now a friend of mine got compromised, actually she was compromised by various adware since long ago but she installed something (her browser was hijacked to deliver even more malware) and ...
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How does this javascript attack work?

There is a closed question on StackOverflow with a similar code excerpt but it is closed due to not being a programming related question so I thought I would ask here instead. It was emailed in a Zip ...
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Does Gmail's 'preview' feature for documents in the browser prevent malware?

I'm concerned about opening attached Word documents and other files (images, PDFs, etc). Gmail has a feature that previews these in the browser for you in a popup, without leaving the Gmail screen - ...
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Is bit.ly a malware distributor?

I clicked this link http://girlsguidetosurvival.wordpress.com/ Chrome gave me this warning - Attackers currently on bit.ly might attempt to install dangerous programs on your computer that ...
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How can I know if my PC is getting infected?

I have installed an antivirus, but as no antivirus is perfect, what can I do to diagnose if my PC is getting infected? For example, keeping a close eye on what programs and tasks run when I turn my ...
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what is the difference between dll hijacking and dll injection

I am confused. I would like to know if dll hijacking and dll injection are the same or are they different. I know that some malware use it to do malicious things. thank you in advance
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Identifying suspicious encrypted traffic [duplicate]

Firstly, I welcome a better title for this question. I admit I'm a security novice. I'm trying to determine whether I have malware and what that malware may be doing. Using Wireshark, I see several ...
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What should you do if you catch ransomware mid-operation?

You boot up your computer one day and while using it you notice that your drive is unusually busy. You check the System Monitor and notice that an unknown process is using the CPU and both reading and ...
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How to detect if I am vulnerable to “Superfish,” and how to remove it?

The site has already a discussion of the security risks of "Superfish". It seems to me that anything that tampers with the bits of one's connection is bad. If it tampers with TLS connections, it is ...
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How can I safely check whether an email link leads to a malicious website?

Over the last few weeks, I've gotten several spam emails from different friends that only contained links to different websites. I would like to click on those links and see what's on the website. ...
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Why are vulnerabilities and lack of security possible in computers?

I have heard about computer vulnerabilities, virus, malware, etc. Why are these threats possible? Why doesn't the computer just do the things it is supposed to? Why do some people write malware, ...
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Is there a real possibility of getting malware by “drive-by”?

I know malware can be gotten by downloading and running stuff, but is there a real possibility of just viewing a webpage or clicking a link and getting one? Assuming using only Firefox / Chrome and ...
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Detecting reflective DLL injection

In the past few years, malware (and some pen-test tools like Metasploit's meterpreter payload) have begun to use reflective DLL injection (PDF) to load a DLL into the memory of a process. The benefit ...
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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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Can a PDF file contain a virus?

Could a PDF file contain any type of malware?
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Recommendations for honeypot software

A couple of us wanted to setup a honeypot/honeynet with the goal of learning; not planned to be in a production environment. What's a good recommendation for a high interaction or low interaction ...
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Can malware be dangerous even when quarantined?

I am reading a book on network security and when talking about user confusion it writes: "It is not uncommon for a user to be asked security questions such as Is it safe to quarantine this ...
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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 ...
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Is HTML5 vibrate feature a security vulnerability?

While surfing a news website on my mobile, I receive a virus infection alert warning that triggers my phone to vibrate incessantly. The alert looks like the following: I didn't expect my phone to ...
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How to deal with a person who gets easily fooled by internet and mail scams?

alternative title: How to deal with a person who has gotten paranoid and doesn't want to go online anymore? A person, who has over the years been scammed many times, by bad spam/fraud emails, and ...
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Do the most common ransomware programs delete the original files as they go, or in a big bulk delete at the very end?

I'm talking about the most common varieties like Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, Torrentlocker, KeRanger, RSA4096, etc. (There is not necessarily a need to answer for all of these, one or two may do.) If ...
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Detection and analysis of unknown malware

Suppose I have a binary which is suspicious. How can I determine whether it is malicious, and if it is, reverse-engineer how it works and what it does? For example, maybe using static analysis? Are ...
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Security of root terminal (su -) when logged into X

I often log into X as normal user (of course), open terminal and switch to root: su - I have then a terminal owned by user but effectively with root privileges. Are there any security issues in ...
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Example of malware in the wild?

I'd like to test an application that detects malware on my network. In order to do that, I have a Windows VM set up that I'd like to infect with malware. But for the life of me, I can't seem to find ...
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Malware that can survive BIOS re-flashing

The well-respected security consultant Dragos Ruiu is reporting that he has been infected with mysterious malware that can survive re-installation of the OS and re-flashing of the OS. In other words, ...
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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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How can I prevent viruses/malware from infecting my flash drive?

I've a pen drive that I carry to the college lab . It seems all the systems in lab is infected. I need to be able to write to the drive, so I can't simply write protect it. Everytime I insert a ...
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How to avoid ransomware

Malware files execute themselves after downloading them. Let's look at it from the point of view of a piece of ransomware like CryptoLocker, from Wikipedia: Crypyowall 3.0, uses a payload ...
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Javascript phishing attack sucker: Do I need to be worried? [closed]

So, I'm an idiot. I opened a javascript phishing attack file. I would really, really appreciate some help with decoding the Javascript to figure out whether I'm in trouble, and what sort. I'm on OS X ...
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Malware via power outlet

This is perhaps a very dumb question, but as I have no knowledge nor experience of IT security I have no option but to ask here. Is it possible to get malware onto your computer or smartphone by ...
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Is it possible for malware to be in the BIOS or in hardware?

Is it possible for malware to be written in the BIOS section and loaded on every fresh Windows Install? If it is possible, can this affect Linux (Ubuntu and others) operating systems as well?
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What to look for in a PHP file on my server to decide whether it is rogue or not?

I found this file in my folder named quarantine_wp_protect.php. This file sits outside the public_html folder. Inside this file is the following code: GIF89a???????????!??????,???????D?;?<?php ...
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What are JS malware attack techniques?

Malicious JavaScript (generated by malicious hosted PHP code for example) can lead to attacks. What are the types of attack that malicious javascript could perform? Are the drive-by download attacks ...
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Can a .sh file be malware?

Can a .sh file be a virus or something harmful? Is it like .exe files on Windows? If yes, can someone read this script and tell me if it safe and is it effect any how on GnuPG security? It gives me an ...
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How to deobfuscate this PHP malware?

Two days ago a file called "images.php" appeared on a friend's server, which he noticed because it caused errors. The file contained the following. This code is of unknown origin and presumed to be ...
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Browser hijacked - how to fix and prevent?

For the second time in a month, my work PC has been infected with malware that is hijacking my Google search results in Firefox. A search for the URL hijacked searches end up at turns up nothing on ...
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What methodologies are useful when reverse-engineering malware / shellcode?

Whilst I'm familiar with reverse engineering techniques from a technical standpoint, I've never found a good methodology for approaching and dissecting malware / shellcode. I've found hundreds of ...
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Is online banking more secure on iOS than a desktop computer?

Does Apple's iOS provide a more secure environment for online commerce (banking or shopping) than Windows or Mac OS X? Since the only software that can run on iOS must be vetted by Apple, the ...
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Can malware hide their network activity from Resource Monitor (perfmon)?

Is it possible for malware to hide their network activity from tools like the Resource Monitor that ships with windows? How much effort is it for a malware developer to implement such functionality? ...
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How to check if URL/ IP belongs to a zeus bot

I have a set of URL's which might be Zeus hosts / C&C servers since my security appliance says so. Is there a way to check if these really belong to Zeus?
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Determining safety of Android APK executable that requires root

On my request, a developer gave me a new version of his Android app to test. The app requires root permissions. I do not know the developer personally. I have no specific reasons to trust or ...
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Using linux to combat windows flash drive malware?

I just put an old flash drive which i used with a windows machine into my linux. I noticed many files, mostly exes which were never visible in windows (my windows does not hide hidden files and ...
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What abuses can an infected webpage do to me if I'm using Chrome and Flash is disabled

as a follow-up to this question Can you get virus just by visiting a website in chrome., I've read these pages: http://www.straightsectalk.com/?p=47 ...