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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...