Virus Bulletin - May 2013


Editor: Helen Martin

Technical Consultant: John Hawes

Technical Editor: Morton Swimmer

Consulting Editors: Ian Whalley, Nick FitzGerald, Richard Ford, Edward Wilding

2013-05-03


Comment

Botnets of the mind

‘Hoaxers ... use a form of memetic malware (‘viruses of the mind’) in order to reprogram system users.' David Harley, ESET.

David Harley - ESET, UK

News

Security firms form new EU CERT

European security firms join forces to form the largest CERT provision in Europe.

Helen Martin - Virus Bulletin, UK

ACLU files complaint against mobile carriers

Complaint lodged against mobile phone carriers for failing to warn users about Android security flaws.

Helen Martin - Virus Bulletin, UK

Malware prevalence report

March 2013

The Virus Bulletin prevalence table is compiled monthly from virus reports received by Virus Bulletin; both directly, and from other companies who pass on their statistics.


Malware analyses

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Metamorphism seems to be the holy grail for virus writers in general. The assumption is that it is more difficult for an anti-virus engine to detect a metamorphic virus than it is to detect a ‘lesser’ virus. As a result, there have been attempts to implement metamorphism on multiple platforms, the latest of which is JavaScript. Peter Ferrie has the details of JS/Transcript.

Peter Ferrie - Microsoft, USA

A good look at the Andromeda botnet

The Andromeda bot is flexible and dynamic. Its modular structure allows it to enhance its abilities in different fields simply by installing different modules. He Xu takes a close look at the Andromeda botnet.

He Xu - Fortinet, Canada

Persistency in the wild

Strong encryption and sophisticated algorithms are not necessarily what make a piece of malware persistent. Rather, it is the use of a cocktail of techniques that ensures the longevity of malware in the wild. Raul Alvarez looks at some of the techniques used by W32/Kolab.

Raul Alvarez - Fortinet, Canada

Technical Feature

Cat-and-mouse game in CVE 2012-0158

Ruhai Zhang takes a look at the cat-and-mouse game of exploit samples, focusing on the widely used CVE-2012-0158 vulnerability.

Ruhai Zhang - Fortinet, China

Comparative review

VBSpam comparative review May 2013

This month's VBSpam test showed an upturn in average spam catch rates after the decline seen earlier in the year - with 19 out of 20 full solutions earning VBSpam certification. The test also highlighted the fact that spam sent from web hosts poses a bigger challenge for most filters than spam sent from other sources. Martijn Grooten has the details.

Martijn Grooten - Virus Bulletin, UK

Calendar

Anti-malware industry events

Must-attend events in the anti-malware industry - dates, locations and further details.


 

Latest articles:

Throwback Thursday: Olympic Games

In 1994, along with the Olympic Games came an Olympic virus, from a group of Swedish virus authors calling themselves ‘Immortal Riot’. Mikko Hyppönen had the details.

Throwback Thursday: Holding the Bady

In 2001, ‘Code Red’ caused White House administrators to change the IP address of the official White House website, and even penetrated the mighty Microsoft’s own IIS servers. In August 2001, Costin Raiu analysed the Win32/Bady.worm,

The Journey of Evasion Enters Behavioural Phase

No malware author wants their piece of code to be easy to detect. Over time, several different approaches have been put into action to detect malware, and in response, malware authors have put into action different methods of evading them. This paper…

Throwback Thursday: You Are the Weakest Link, Goodbye! - Passwords, Malware and You

Have you heard the one about the computer user who used their pet’s name as their password? Just like jokes, it seems the old ones and the obvious ones are considered the best when it comes to users selecting their passwords. Martin Overton looks at…

New Keylogger on the Block

This paper provides an overview of the KeyBase trojan, both the keylogger itself and the server-side management component. Additionally, we will look at an example of when this trojan was used.