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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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...
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What method could a white-box attacker use to track the deletion of memory / files?

A rather theoretical question: Assuming there is memory with a malware inside it. The malware's goal is to detect if a legit application is about to delete contents of the memory. If recognized, the ...
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Javascript file detection

One common technique I use is xor bruteforcing on binary data. In this case, I would like a heuristic approach to determine whether or not any possible candidate plaintexts are javascript. This rules ...
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Fake phone call

I have a problem, getting call from known numbers and when he lifts it, no one is speaking from other side! Well, the awkward part is, the call is from known numbers only, but if I ask the person ...
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Scanning for files than have been encrypted by CryptoLocker

I am just asking in case someone has already done the analysis. A customer has a large set of network drives that were mapped to a CryptoLocker infected machine. The infection itself has been treated. ...
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Why do exploit kits use droppers?

I've been looking into the structure of the online criminal underground, which consists of exploit kits, droppers, and malware payloads. What is the function of the dropper in this pipeline? Why ...
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Will Ad Block Plus block the ads that give someone Cryptowall 2.0?

Now I already know that making sure your browser plugins are either non-existent or up-to-date is one way of being on the safe side against ransomeware like Cryptowall 2.0; but since clicking ads are ...
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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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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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Help understanding malware infection

I'm kind of a newbie to security and need help fully understanding how I would infect myself inadvertently. Let's say I was to download a .zip file attached to an email and I unzipped the contents. ...
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Manual malware / adware analysis after SEP scan

My company currently gets malware alerts from several source's i.e. Symantec Endpoint Protection and FireEye. When these alerts are triggered, a manual process of logging onto the user's machine is ...
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Malware stole an executable file on my computer? Seems unlikely

If you don't want to read all of the details, skip to the bottom; I'll make a summary. I created a computer program as a proof of concept (I threw it together in 12 hours, so I wrote it in Visual ...
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Why do malware creators use such clever technologies for such silly purposes?

Some days ago I got infected by a malware, probably something new and very clever, as it went in unstopped and no scanning tool was able to detect it afterwards (see this question). It was a ...
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Live Boot Devices

Found this article on using Live Boot Devices to do sensitive tasks such as online banking. While the article discusses the benefits of avoiding a possibly compromised host OS, it doesn't mention ...
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How Do I Troubleshoot a Browser Hijack on a Mac?

My Mac is getting weird redirects with Safari and Chrome, however not with Mozilla Firefox. Since I cannot find software to do malware removal on Apple products or any good information, I am at a loss ...
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If malware was detected in browser local storage does computer need to be nuked from orbit

I haven't used Windows partition since mid-June and I booted the system once again just a few days ago. My first action was as usual update all programs marked to be updated (including Windows ...
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Can the USB standard be altered to prevent the “firmware attack”? [duplicate]

Wired, and others are reporting on a research paper by Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell. The paper apparently shows how any USB device (not just memory sticks) can be infected with malware at the firmware ...
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Virus (or Trojan) in Android

Definition of virus is (from Wikipedia): A computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data ...
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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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Can my Mac be affected without running the malware?

Can my Mac be affected by malware without running it? For instance, if I download a random file, but don't open it, can it infect my computer?
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How can I recover files encrypted by Android ransomware?

My Samsung Galaxy Note II was infected by a virus called the "FBI virus." Fortunately, I've managed to remove the malware but my problem now is that all my files have been encrypted. How can I ...
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Can a hacker use someone else's IP address when running a scam?

I have a friend who works on a ship currently in Accra, Ghana. We do video chats but his system is extremely slow and sluggish. There have been times where our only form of communication is IM. A ...
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Steps after getting hit with malware or browser exploits on Xubuntu

Well, today I was browsing the internet and I suddenly got redirected to a chinese hosted malware site and firefox started going crazy. I checked the url on virustotal with my phone and it found other ...
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Dos Attack and other malwares!

I have been experiencing DoS attacks: ack scan and rst scan. Now I know these are supposed to be normal and the internet works that way but I experience severe internet disconnection when that ...
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Can an compressed virus still do any harm to an OS [closed]

Let's say you have a piece of malware either as a standalone binary or hidden within a crafted image (two distinct cases). If I compress the standalone binary, can its mere presence as a compressed ...
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Why does malware periodically check google.com

I'm looking at some malware PCAPs, e.g. http://malware-traffic-analysis.net/2014/05/27/index.html . One of the things I've been seeing frequently is requests to alexa top million sites (e.g. yandex, ...
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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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Statistics about malware targeting different OS

Are there any reports or statistics that describe the numbers or types of malware attacks on different operating systems, such as Linux, Unix, Windows, MacOS?
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How safe are Firefox addons from official mozilla.org site?

I would like to install the Dictionary Pop-Up addon for Firefox. I usually don't install any addons, but this one looks especially tempting. I could not find any information on the Mozilla page, ...
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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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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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Task Manager shows higher total CPU usage than the sum of all running processes. Keylogger? [migrated]

In Windows Task Manager and AVG Task Manager (included in TuneUp Utilities), I see that the sum of all the running processes is much lower than the total CPU usage shown in "performance" tab. Does ...
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Removing malware which is creating temp file and modifying network traffic [duplicate]

I am on OSX 10.9.2, please note I have included several URLs in my post, this is not spam this is due to the nature of the malware. I have just discovered I have malware on my computer after noticing ...
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Where to submit collected malware from my honeypot?

wondering if you could help me. i setup the Dionaea honeypot and have collected 6 or 7 malware files. Unfortunately upon checking the Dionaea logs it keeps giving the error "Couldn't resolve host" for ...
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Efficacy of self-made ransomware protection

I was recently wondering about how to circumvent malware such as the infamous Cryptolocker a while back and was wondering about the efficacy of having a set of files with known content in a known ...
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How many kbdclasses are normal?

I use a laptop and never had used any external keyboards. Is there a keylogger hiding? What to do?
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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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When does it make sense to whitelist some subdomains but not others for a given domain?

Little Snitch has been useful to get a better handle on all the connections my computer tries to make. It's main dialog to allow or deny connections allows customizing (e.g. require specific port, or ...
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What are the differences in Linux and Windows security that cause Windows to get so many more viruses? [closed]

I am trying to gain a more detailed understanding of specific features of the Windows and Linux security models that makes Windows so much more prone to infection by viruses than Linux. As an example ...
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Safe to connect to external drive?

A customer provided an external drive (USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 connections), and wants me to copy files onto the drive. The drive is not new. I have no particular reason to suspect the customer ...
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Trying to get rid of hackers who have access to all my devices

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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How to execute an exploit without user interaction?

Is there an existing exploit, virus or malware that doesn't need any user interaction? In metasploit for example. No link to clicked, no pdf to open , no vba or exe to execute by the victim.
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Application Privilege Control in Kaspersky blocks program with no digital signature

I made a small application that displays hello world to the console output and attempted to open it in another computer that had Kaspersky fully updated. When I ran the application, Kaspersky gave a ...
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How to search for evidence of Camfecting (webcam hacking)?

I'm worried about camfecting (webcam hacking). The camera light on my mac (running OSX) is not on, but it isn't hard wired so that doesn't say a lot. I've ran a virus scan but no signs. Now my idea ...
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Is it possible to compromise Bing to redirect user to a malware?

I just got a new laptop and the first thing I wanted was to install Chrome. I opened IE and searched for "google chrome" in Bing. The first result was an ad with the link pointing to ...
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Interesting security demos for beginners [closed]

I am thinking about a creating short security demo to get people interested in the security topic. I've had a couple of ideas just want to see if anyone has anything else interesting. Edit: I was ...
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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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Sophos virus protection continuously blocking codegv.ru

While using google chrome I keep getting a pop-up from Sophos saying "High Risk Website Blocked - Access has been blocked to "codegv.ru" It happens every time I perform any action in google chrome. ...