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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How to check if computer is controlled remotely

My laptop has windows 7 installed. One Saturday night I couldn't fall asleep and was just lying in bed. Then suddenly at around 2 in the morning I heard the fan of the laptop start up and lights on ...
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ISP glitch or a malware? Has this ever happened to you?

Brief background: I consider myself a relatively paranoid power-user, if not an absolute pro. I regularly update my AV and keep up with all the latest updates on my Windows7 machine. But what happened ...
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Roommate Frequently Hacked — How Do I Protect My Network/Devices?

If you absolutely had to share a network with a user who had a very lax approach to security and was frequently hacked (1-2x month for over a year now), what might you consider doing to secure your ...
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Can a malware steal the content of the clipboard? [duplicate]

Is there any malware that can steal the content of the clipboard?. E.g. say you have a text file with say private info or passwords, and you copy this data to paste on say another text file on a ...
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Gaming Mods Security Risks

I read the following post, and while the questions was specific to SkyRim, the more general answer was that it depends on the game. I wanted to pose a more generic question here to the security folks. ...
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How to keep Mac secure from viruses, malware and keyloggers?

How can I download and install software and make sure that it is not infected with viruses, malware or a keylogger? Also, I heard that Macs "don't get viruses". Is this true? Is it a good practice to ...
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Are malware detection rulesets publicly discoverable?

I am uncertain about how public malware detection rulesets are? By a "ruleset" I mean the rules, usually written in Yara, that malware detection engines use to determine whether a file or memory ...
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Could a compromised WP database cause re-infection without the hacker needing to login into WP?

Is it possible that a compromised WordPress database could somehow be used to re-infect a website? I'm not talking about the hacker decoding user passwords and login into WP. I'm talking about the ...
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concrete real-life examples where grsecurity prevented an exploit

From theoretical point of view, grsecurity kernel patch looks like a great hardening tool. Most importantly, PaX seems like a good idea. Do these theoretical advantages have indeed practical effect ...
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PHP malware/shell keeps resurrecting [duplicate]

So I've been fighting this problem for months now and decided that it's beyond my limited (if at all) server skills, and that I need help from the pros. I have a VPS (with root access) which hosts ...
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How do you explain the necessity of “nuke it from orbit” to management and users?

When a machine has been infected with malware, most of us here immediately identify the appropriate action as "nuke it from orbit" - i.e. wipe the system and start over. Unfortunately, this is often ...
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Are popular porn sites more likely to be infected with malware?

I'm trying to help my friend understand this because he believes that since a site is very popular, that it's less likely to infect its viewers because of its security! Is a popular site less likely ...
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find if 0-day flash bug was exploited (on a particular machine)

There have been several critical 0-day exploits in the past days/weeks in Flash alone. Nobody knows how long the 0-days have been exploited, and it is reasonable to expect that there are 0-days being ...
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Security Alert - Office File Validation - how to decide whether to proceed?

Recently, when opening a Microsoft Word document that came from a trusted source, I received the following warning message: The warning message is titled "Security Alert - Office File Validation". ...
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Is there any way to block LD_PRELOAD and LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Linux?

Preferably with a vanilla Linux kernel i.e. not using SELinux or GrSecurity? Lately there has been a case of in-the-wild UNIX server malware: ...
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Wife was conned into allowing her computer to be hacked, what do I do? [closed]

My wife had a popup on her old Windows Vista laptop (which I've been threatening to switch to Ubuntu Linux). It appeared to come from our ISP, and informed her that she was hacked, and to call a ...
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How should I deal with adware in chrome on ubuntu?

I use chrome (but also have firefox) on ubuntu 14.04 32-bit. Recently I started getting popups from 'softwareupdaterlp.com'. I had the sense to realize it was not legitimate and I didn't click install ...
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How am I affected by malware? Malware transferred from service provider's base station or just port scan? [closed]

I need a malware expert here. I am being targeted by advanced hackers over the 4.5 years. So this is my situation: 1) My new phone: I just bought a new phone, with SIM card and mobile internet plan ...
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Domain Name Thefts

Due to past experiences, I have learned that when I'm contemplating purchasing a suitable domain name, I should NOT do so by searching on the websites of domain registrars (GoDaddy, name.com, etc.). ...
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Does SSL/TLS have the feasibility of detecting malicious things during transmission? [closed]

As per my knowledge the current implementation of SSL/TLS does not have the capability to identify the data is malicious or not during the transmission or before encrypt the data. If its have , kindly ...
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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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Segregating network systems and functions [closed]

I want to segregate network systems and functions so that if an attacker hacks in one area, he can't necessarily reach others. What should be the recommendation when information from one network is a ...
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Fake Microsoft Security Department [duplicate]

some Indian man called home saying that he's calling from some Windows Security Department, and there are about 16 other people connected to my computer and the're doing illegal things on my computer. ...
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Is it “cross-platform attack” if first OS is not attacked at all?

I am analyzing a mobile application, which has embedded files(Worms) to attack a desktop OS. But this application does not do any harm to the mobile platform. Mobile is just a medium to deliver ...
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HTTP GET Request to a webpage that does not exist [closed]

I am seeing a machine is making a HTTP GET request to webpage (ex: www.sample.com/1.png), proxy devices respond with status code 407 (proxy auth required). But when I checked for the site via ...
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Is it safe to store a file in a temporary folder before it has been scanned for a virus?

I'm working on an application that makes use of the Symantec Protection Engine to scan uploaded files. I'm having issues with my files after they have been scanned. One possible solution I've seen ...
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Apps that require user to install advertised apps in order to get activated

I am analyzing a mobile application, and I am not sure if it is just an adware/greyware or does it enter the category of malwares. This app does not really do any harmful activity. But it forces user ...
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Can malware “upload” itself to the actual mobile base station and regain back to another phone?

My question is can a malware from my affected phone "upload" itself to the ACTUAL REAL mobile base station from the service provider, and regain back to my another phone with the same number (same ...
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Are there faux/fake malicious websites to test web reputation services similar to EICAR?

Antivirus writers have agreed for their software to recognize a standard "fake" virus file - the EICAR file, to let users check, that the software is up and running. Are there any equivalent test ...
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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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Detecting reflective DLL injection any other ways?

any way to detect it? maybe using mcafee hips rules? Are there any known Techniques to detect it ? like walking the VAD tree or something?
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Which security measures does PyPI and similar third-party software repositories take?

PyPI is a third-party software repository for Python packages. Everybody can upload packages to it (see The Python Package Index (PyPI)). How does PyPI prevent people from uploading malware? When I ...
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Odd requests from Apache logs

I've been monitoring some weird activity in the access logs for my site and I've noticed a couple of weird attempts against the server. I'm wondering if anyone has seen these before. It's an Apache ...
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Convert PDF to plain text, remove malware?

Take a PDF, copy all, paste it into a .rtf document in textedit, --> make plain text. will this remove/nullify any malware from/in the pdf? In other words, if I open the PDF on one machine and convert ...
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Is there anything I can do about IDN homograph attacks?

I have been reading about IDN homograph attacks, and I cannot think of any better way than Tell my users not to trust emails asking for passwords, etc Buy all domains similar to mine (expensive and ...
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How to protect the company VIPs

Environment: small engineering company (<50 employees) and everyone is local administrator on their computer, including everyone in the management group. Setup: Some standard security features are ...
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How do browser injections work?

I've heard many times that malware like Zeus, SpyEye and Citadel are able to do browser injections to steal credit card data. How do they do it? how do browser "injections" work? How are they able to ...
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Trying to get rid of hackers who have access to all my devices [closed]

What is the best way to go about getting rid of hackers that have gained access to all my personal computers, (both old and recently purchased) phones, and even random computers I use to simply get ...
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What are features of a suitable tool for tracking and reporting security incidents? [closed]

What are features of a suitable tool for tracking and reporting security incidents? Is it a bad idea to have one central repository for tracking all types of incidents, from helpdesk issues, to ...
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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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malware attack on my website may have started a SOCKS server - please advise [duplicate]

A website I do some volunteer work for was recently one of those affected by a wordpress plugin vulnerability. Following advice in the answer to this question, which contains details of the attack, ...
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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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Skype called someone and connected to them with no action on my part. What do I do?

This happened to me today, September 12, at about 6pm. Any ideas about what happened, what's going on, and what I should do? I was at home alone with my 2 year old -- I was feeding her dinner. All of ...
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Should veil framework produce packed and obfuscated binaries which bypass virustotal?

I have been working with the veil framework to test an internal IDS system I have in place. I have used a public malware sample which produces an 8/53 hit score on Virustotal and run it through the ...
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How is the file overlay read by an exe/virus?

According to what I know ,Overlay is the part of PE file that is not covered by the PE header and therefore isn't part of the virtual image in the Loaded PE. My question is if the overlay is not ...
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Sticky keys on RDP

A recent report on page 18 states that: [black hats] have even leveraged [systems administration tools] as a means of maintaining additional persistence via setting “sticky keys” for RDP sessions. ...
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How to securely install software on Ubuntu?

How to install a software like Sublime Text on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and mitigate against a MITM attack? There is a PPA available, but the PPA must be added manually. I don't see any PGP keys or MD5 ...
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Remove pdf malware by re-printing to new pdf or text extract?

Consider you have a suspicious pdf file that might contain malware. Would it be sufficient to either: (1) open the pdf file in a virtual environment and let the pdf viewer or pdf-creator program ...
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How to protect against viruses that takes files as hostages by encrypting them?

Today I was infected by CoinVault, a new malware similar to CryptoLocker I believe. Before today I was unaware of this entire type of malware. Fortunately I was protected by offline backups, but I ...
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Can my phone be affected by malware through mobile phone signal?

My phone is newly bought. Can a hacker actually scan the mobile phone signal around me, detect it, and put virus/malware into my phone THROUGH the mobile phone signal of my mobile service provider? ...