A week in security (April 15 – 21)

antispyware

Last week, Malwarebytes Labs revealed multiple giveaway online scam campaigns banking on the popularity (and generosity) of Ellen DeGeneres, weighed in on the hack that compromised legacy Microsoft email service accounts like Hotmail and MSN, explained what “like-farming” means and how to spot it on social media, and spotlighted on uncharacteristic executable file formats one … [Read more…]

Marcus “MalwareTech” Hutchins Pleads Guilty to Writing, Selling Banking Malware

Marcus Hutchins, a 24-year-old blogger and malware researcher arrested in 2017 for allegedly authoring and selling malware designed to steal online banking credentials, has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of conspiracy and to making, selling or advertising illegal wiretapping devices. 9H Privacy Anti-Spy Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone X 6 6s 7 8 Plus … [Read more…]

Funky malware format found in Ocean Lotus sample

Recently, at the SAS conference I talked about “Funky malware formats”—atypical executable formats used by malware that are only loaded by proprietary loaders. Malware authors use these formats, such as a custom format that is not recognized as an executable by AV scanners, in order to make static detection more difficult. Using atypical formats may … [Read more…]