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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Is this behavior the result of malware?

I have setup a new set of servers to test a software in Amazon EC2, and had set up my application. I've given it public access and a DNS entry, so its easily reachable by those that need to test it ...
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Where to find such URLs that attack their visitors? [closed]

Where can I find websites that perform drive-by dowload attacks ? I need such websites in order to test a software that prevents such attacks. I am in the testing phase but I do not see where I could ...
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blacklisted URLs: what to trust?

This website blacklists URLs: http://hosts-file.net/?s=54.244&view=history&direct=1 Its last database update has been today. When I check the last 5 URLs it published Firefox tells me they are ...
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using multiple Firefox profiles to increase security

I am wondering whether it would increase security in any significant way, if I would use two separate Firefox profiles, one for normal browsing and the other for private/secure websites, such as my ...
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Odd requests to health_check.js show up in Fiddler

I had Fiddler running and noticed that there are few calls made to following url: http://www.yimgr.com/health_check.js?ts=1412350007104 the content is just this JSON payload { "chance": 0.5, ...
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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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What are the security threats when Googling and surfing when my Gmail account is open?

Suppose I log to my Gmail account. After that, I use Google to search for random websites and visit some. Are there any security threats on my Gmail account when Googling and surfing the net while it ...
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Malware removal: Iframe injected javascript

My Joomla! website is infected by an iframe injected malware, according to Sucuri SiteCheck: To remove the malware, does it suffice to remove the infected file site/media/system/js/caption.js? Or ...
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Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device?

Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device? We're talking about visiting such sites via a browser. We're not talking about downloading any malicious apps. Thanks!
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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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Is it possible to make a phone call appear to come from another phone, even to the network provider?

Quick Question Is it possible that I could call a mobile number, but have the call forwarded through another number active on a different phone that someone else has? I have had unlimited access to ...
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Open source database of malware signatures

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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How to detect the so-called “undetectable” Gameover Zeus?

The media are currently (and have been) creating a huge ruckus surrounding the supposedly "undetectable" Gameover Zeus malware. The Daily Mail The Mirror The Independant PC World The Telegraph ...
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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 ...
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What security problems does copying .Xauthority to another user present?

If I want to use a GUI application with another user (example: webbrowser), I can copy the .Xauthority file to that given user's home then I can "su - user" and start the GUI app. Question: but what ...
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Unrestricted file upload on a cloud based platform [closed]

We have an unsecured file upload for the user to upload any file they want, our application is Azure based so they are stored as blobs not as a traditional "file on disk". Could malicious code still ...
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Why is my debugger detected as a Trojan by anti-virus software?

I'm trying to use a deugger (namely OllyDbg) to analyze some exe files. However, all the versions I downloaded from the Internet are considered as Trojans by some anti-virus software. (I use ...
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Writing malware in java?

To me, it seemed like malware could never be written in java. Those who taught me java said it was "secure" and did not allow "low-level access" like c,c++. But, I discovered that it can be done - ...
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How to make undetectable malware [closed]

Fred Cohen in 1986 has proved in his Ph.D. thesis the undecidability of viral detection (no perfect virus checker can ever exist). My question is : Is it possible for a malware to stay very long time ...
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Infection through Virtual machine in NAT mode

I have a VM box configured using NAT to my host OS. It seems I can ping to the machines in my LAN. If my VM box got infected somehow my malware while surfing, would the malware be able to infect ...
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Is there a way to check for “hollow” processes, or malware hidden within “normal” processes

I recently came across an article on the The Verge, which centers around the concept of commercial malware production and how it's used around the world. The article introduced me to a number of ...
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Do I really need an Anti-Virus software if I'm careful about where I browse?

A friend told to me the following: I don't use Anti-Virus software at all, I am just careful about where I go and what I click on. I've also heard this from other people as I've repaired their ...
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remote desktop connection to a potentially compromised machine

I am using rdesktop client on Linux to connect to windows machines. If some of these machines were compromised by some evil malware/virus/worm/trojan, is there any way for the malware to "jump" to my ...
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Malware encrypted my files with ecc [closed]

One of my office workers got malware on her computer that encrypted all her files with ecc. I say this because the new extension on the files is .ecc and that is what the ransomware states. I have ...
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How to deal with resistant malware

Everytime I visit Gmail, Facebook, YouTube, or Yahoo mail, I get a popup "Please update Internet Explorer" (while I'm using Chrome!). I don't have screenshots but this website describes the problem. ...
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How is it possible to embed executable code in an image

I was reading up on FireEye and came across this NYTimes article detailing a Skype chat where an image was sent that was laden with malware: Quote: To gain access to information on the ...
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Can a compromised OpenSSHD server be used to upload a malicious payload to a client?

Since I'm fairly unfamiliar with the specific details of the SSH protocol, I was wondering if it was possible for a compromised SSHd server to upload a malicious payload (like a Trojan or some other ...
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Kaspersky Antivirus “secure connection scan” as broken as Superfish?

I've read a lot about Superfish (and similar ad-ware) lately and I basically understand the vulnerability to MITM attacks. But I'm actually wondering if the "secure connection scan" by Kaspersky ...
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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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Can a wireless headphone (bluetooth) contain malware?

Can a wireless (bluetooth) headphone store data? Also, if it can, then can someone put malware in it? I assume that the device must necessarily be able to store some sort of data, since it has buttons ...
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Contents of Lenova/Superfish certificate

I would like to examine the Lenova/Superfish root certificate being used in the wild. I've worked through articles like Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections, ...
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What security risks are posed by software vendors deploying SSL Intercepting proxies on user desktops (e.g. Superfish)

There has been quite a bit of concern noted relating to the recent discovery that Lenovo are pre-installing a piece of Adware (Superfish) which has the capability of intercepting SSL traffic from ...
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How to analyze why Chrome downloaded a particular file?

I had a very few Chrome tabs open (see appendix) and other safe websites. Suddenly, without any prompt or action from me, chrome starts downloading the file "NEW!_iPhone7_LEAKED_PHOTO.JPG.exe" which ...
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Has my network/computer been breached?

I'm not sure if this is the right site to ask, so I apologise if it isn't, but here goes. A while ago I started noticing some odd behaviour. My Gmail account was compromised, it seemed, and I had to ...
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Rogue WPAD server attack

Today I encountered something I have certainly not seen before first hand. Our IDS blocked some outbound traffic attempts from 5 servers with no WAN access. This traffic was leading to an inactive ...
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Is it safe to load a forensic image which might contain malware?

So you get a raw image of a compromised system and then you load it on an application suite like Autopsy. If the system had some kind of malware, could it spread to the operating system in which ...
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How exactly do viruses get on computer when watching online porn? [duplicate]

I've been hearing that your computer could get infected when you visit porn sites, especially when watching videos. But how exactly do viruses get on client side? Is it by cache? Or maybe by ...
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What is disk encryption worth? Threat of proprietary Bios, SMM, optionrom, TPM etc?

Supposing there is private/secret data on a machine (i.e a x86 arch) the most reasonable thing to me would be to encrypt this data, so to protect it. I understand that the purpose of ...
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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 ...