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 are 1x1 pixel images used in a malicious context?

I have been analyzing malware and I am seeing many 1x1 png and gif files. What could these be used for?
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How Browsers prevents Malware and Phishing attacks

I want to know how phishing and malware protection features are implemented in modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. Are these features heuristic based, or do browsers maintain a list of ...
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How does Remote Access Trojan / Backdoor Software work?

How does the RAT works? I understand it as once we surf the infected website, browser might download the trojan to our PC automatically. Will it executed and auto install in our computer? I can't ...
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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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Is loopback interface protected from sniffing?

I'm trying to understand what are the risks derived from unprotected communications within the same device, by the use of the loopback interface. I've verified it is possible to capture packets, with ...
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How could an iPhone be transmitting abnormal loads of data without apparently running anything?

My iPhone has sent/received 900MB in 15 days from "com.busuu.japanese.a" I got this information from Onavo, which 'compresses' my data. I have never heard of Busuu until today. It is a language ...
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Malware not showing up in virus scan

I have some malware on my computer at work that I'm having a hard time getting rid of. I'm only interning there over the summer, so I'm guessing that it was downloaded by the previous user because I ...
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Windows PE file and Malwares

Trying to understand how and why any virus, malware, worm and code injections are successful after all in a Windows Portable Executable format. I was going through the PE structure documentation, ...
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Detecting malware hidden in P2P traffic

Consider a network situation involving (only) Peer to Peer traffic in medium sized network. For the sake of convenience, a simple P2P application like DC++ may be assumed, although I am aiming at a ...
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malware classification based on action [closed]

Where can I get info with a view to classify malware based on actions performed by the them. Eg. modifying registry files, copying themselves into other executable's etc.
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Online virus scanning service with remote file submission?

I have some links that contain hacking tool and whatnot and I want to pass them to a virus scanning service. The thing is that I don't want to download them to my pc and upload them to their service, ...
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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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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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What does this potentially malicious code do? [on hold]

While reading a website called 4chan/b/ someone posted this code snippet, i was wondering what it does when executed? it appears to be C code, how harmful is it? This is the full post: Run a live ...
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Questions on reflected file download (RFD) attack

I read this article, and the whitepaper by security researcher Oren Hafif which mentions the following salient points: RFD, like many other Web attacks, begins by sending a malicious link to a ...
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Known windows malware propagated via unmounted iPhone

Last week I was told by our security department that my PC (running windows 7) was infected by a trojan and that it needed to be re-imaged. So re-imaged it was! Given the fact that I had been using ...
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Sonar power saving. Attacks and how to mitigate

I recently came upon a program called Sonar power saving that uses speakers and microphone to put the computer in power saving mode as long as you move away from the screen. ...
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Is interpreted malware easier to detect than compiled malware?

Is compiled code more of a security risk than interpreted code? I'm under the impression that it is due to the fact that compiled code can hide malicious code from malware scans.
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How does duqu delete itself?

I'm curious to know how Duqu deletes itself. From technical point of view and generally, how can an executable delete itself while is running? Does Duqu use a specific procedure to do this?
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Is there a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? [closed]

As mentioned in the title I'm looking for a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? Maybe there is ...
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Can a bad guy be judged for gaining access to sensitive information?

Assuming a hacker has sent to somebody a malware. It's a trojan (digitally signed by TeamViewer) which runs automatically when windows starts up and sends the login info to a web site using GET ...
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Are externally referenced libraries (CDN's) a security issue?

Today I read about an alleged malware attack targeting jQuery.com A german blogger who is what I would call an expert on IT security stated that Any website that is working with ...
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malware - How to listen to and close malicious ports?

I have a Windows 8.1 machine that seems to be acting weird and getting slow day by day. I believe that it may be a victim of Remote access Trojan(RAT) infection. How do I listen to ports on my PC and ...
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I need help identifying the cause of weird outbound traffic from my network

I have some weird traffic heading outbound from my network. It is being blocked by the firewall from exiting and I'm not sure what the source is. I've looked at the machine and don't see anything ...
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Skype is doing funny things when I type or click, does this necessarily mean malware may be in my computer?

I'm new to the IT Security Stack Exchange! This is my question: I've Skype installed on my Windows 7 computer. In the last few months I've noticed my mouse cursor blinks (I mean it shows that cursor ...
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How to detect infected devices on your local network [closed]

Today I read about a researcher who bought a digital TV recorder and connected it to the internet - probably using port forwarding to enable attackers to connect to the recorder. After a while someone ...
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How do worms spread over LAN? [duplicate]

I've been researching LAN recently, and I came across a post talking about viruses spreading over LAN, and I was wondering, how is this possible? Would it not be a huge security issue to allow files ...
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Where's the virus in this web site?

I made my friend go to this web site and it immediately infected his machine with malware (AntiVirus SecurityPro). It happened just by going to the front page. It seemed the malware started up, but ...
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how is BAT_VOBFUS (or similar) dangerous?

I was reading http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/malware.aspx?language=au&name=BAT_VOBFUS.SM earlier today after it turned up in a scan of a friends PC. I suppose I may be missing something vital ...
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Strange file named Aview.exe - WinClient

Today I've just discovered some strange files on my Win 7 PC. I was browsing through the Windows Firewall Inbound Rules and saw two ACCEPT rules for a program, Aview.exe. It is located in ...
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What are the most common infection vectors for personal computers?

We have OWASP to tell us about common security vulnerabilities in webapps and such, but what are the most common infection vectors for personal computers? A few example vectors: Social engineering ...
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How to reverse engineer w32/malware!gemini?

How would you go about reverse engineering malware W32/Malware!Gemini. Recently I found it installed on my computer and would like to trace where the data is being sent.
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How do you remove the Security Sphere malware?

My boss' computer has become infected with something called "Security Sphere". When googling for information on how to remove it I get many pages that have been optimized for the term "Security Sphere ...
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Can anyone give me more info on this sketchy url I recently visited, is it an attack site?

My girlfriend was browsing images on google when suddenly her browser redirected to this url: defender-iies.co.cc/scan3/167 The site seemed to be posing as an anti virus, saying your computer is at ...
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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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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 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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Connecting trusted and untrusted networks

We have two domains that are isolated. First domain is the Corp LAN, the second is an hostile untrusted network with untrusted clients that could contain malware. Clients on the untrusted network ...
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How Regin hides running instances of itself?

I have been reading Symantec & Kaspersky Labs analysis of the Regin malware. According to Symantec [Stage 2] can also hide running instances of Stage 1. Once this happens, there are no ...
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What agency digitally signed Cryptowall 2.0 so that it can run without being detected?

What agency issued a digital signature for the Cryptowall 2.0 ransomware virus? Is it too early to tell? As far as I know this is how Microsoft planned to prevent malware, by adding a digital ...
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Attacker able to install screen capturing software in Windows 7 guest account

I am operating in a guest account of Windows 7. Could an attacker that got onto my PC through malware I installed, install a video program that records everything I do and send the result back to his ...
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Ways to inject malicious DLLs to exe file and run it

I'm trying to find all vulnerabilities in my given system. Assume a malicious user has the executable (.exe file) of my .NET application (C#), and a malicious DLL he or she created. Can the DLL be ...
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Analyzing a suspicious email

Today I received a very suspicious email on my gmail account. When I analyzed the content of the message, this is what essentially made up the message. <center> <a alt="" ...
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After restoring from a (valid) full disk backup can malware still persit?

In the comments to this question it is mentioned that even after a backup recovery malware still can persist. Do I understand that correctly? How is this possible? If Acronis True Image is used to ...
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Simple methods of preventing infection from external drives

What are some simple methods of preventing my computer from being infected by USB drives and other storage devices? I'm not asking for any bullet-proof methods, just something that can prevent ...
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How does Ram Scraper work?

I heard that during Christmas a lot of customer data was stolen using malware attack called Ram Scrapers. What exactly is a Ram Scraper?How would one infect a machine with it?What information can you ...
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very bad malware that masquerades as spyware?

Has there ever been a known case where a machine acquired spyware like a browser toolbar, or plugin but that spyware also deployed more dangerous malware like a trojan, botnet, or worm?
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Using a virtual machine as a buffer between USB media and OS

I was directed here from the Unix & Linux site. I've gone through some of the related questions, but they seem to be more concerned about whether a guest OS can access the host OS in someway. ...
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Tagged website malware

A common occurance I've found when doing forensics on compromised websites is a pattern like this: <span>Clean code here</span> <!--0c0a22--> ... malware code here ... ...
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Sucuri giving false positive with their free online scanner because of an .htaccess RewriteRule

I'm not sure where to ask this Question - here, SO, Webmasters.SE, somewhere else? Please migrate if appropriate. tl;dr: The following rule in my .htaccess is causing Sucuri's free online scanner to ...