Online gaming co. fined $1mn for turning users’ computers into bitcoin-mining slaves(0)
The New Jersey attorney general’s office announced Tuesday a $1 million settlement with an online video gaming company that used malicious software to monitor subscribers’ computer activity and illegally mine bitcoins when users were absent.
The settlement with E-Sports Entertainment, LLC, of Commack, New York stems from the creation and deployment of a bitcoin trojan as well as software designed to gain full administrative access to subscribers’ computers. Read More
The Duqu Trojan Framework Is Written in an Unknown Programming Language(0)
BY ANDREW TARANTOLA
The Duqu Trojan is one nasty piece of code, rivaled in sophistication only by its relative, the Stuxnet Worm. A new analysis of the Trojan, however, has revealed just how advanced it really is.
Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab performed the analysis and discovered that portions of the the suspiciously-named Payload DLL file were written in an unknown programming language. What’s more, these sections, dubbed the Duqu Framework, were responsible for operating the program’s Command and Control functions that allow it to receive further instructions once it’s infiltrated a system.
The rest of the program is written and compiled in C++, but not the Duqu Framework. It “is definitely object-oriented,” wrote Igor Soumenkov but certainly not anything the analysts had ever seen before.
This discovery only further fuels speculation that both Duqu and Stuxnet are the results of a very advanced, very well-funded organization’s or, more likely, nation’s efforts. As Alexander Gostev, chief security expert at Kaspersky Lab, speculated,
Duqu first surfaced last September after the Stuxnet attacks against Iranian nuclear development facilities. Duqu too appeared to target state interests in Iran as well as multiple industrial control systems.
FBI to blackout Trojan-infected servers on March 8(0)
By GMA Network
Personal computers infected with a Trojan that tries to redirect their browsers to malicious sites may be cut off from the Internet on March 8, an information technology site said. Read More
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