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Over 90 Arrested in Global FBI Crackdown on Blackshades RAT
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User Rank: Ninja
5/19/2014 | 5:42:28 PM
Detection and Remediation
It's great that the original sale site was taken down. But lets be honest, once something is on the Internet, its on the Internet; never to be taken away. My thoughts, this will be distributed through not as monitored means for free wth torrentz. 

Eventually, you will see variants of it. It will be renamed, modified with new functionalities and redistributed to be more devestating than before.

My questions are for the current, beside the standard detection methods, what specific means are there to find that you have been infiltrated?

Once that is discovered what are steps to remediate? These seems to be a very versatile piece of malware so closing one hole might not do it. Thanks!
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
5/19/2014 | 7:04:34 PM
big day for cyber badness busts
This was a big case, for sure. It's a little odd, though, that the DOJ and FBI made this and the Chinese military hacker indictment announcements on the same day. This caused a bit of confusion such that Attorney General Holder actually had to make the distiction during his presser about the Unit 61398 indictment.
User Rank: Ninja
5/19/2014 | 10:24:05 PM
Re: big day for cyber badness busts
That is very odd. However, I am glad that this is the case. The distinction definitely needs to be made to keep the two instances from being correlated on any level. But I think separate announcements, in the case of Attorney General Holder, would have been a waste of time and resources. I am glad that they did it this way. Are there any detriments to Attorney General Holder presenting both of these at the same time besides the correlation of events?
User Rank: Apprentice
5/20/2014 | 2:22:53 AM
Re: Detection and Remediation
I too would like very much to know as well how to find out if I've been infiltrated. I've had a stalker who is very computer savvy and it concerns me. Does anyone know where to go for info for this?
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
5/20/2014 | 6:26:06 AM
Re: big day for cyber badness busts
Holder didn't actually hold the press announcement on the busts--that was done by the US Attorney's office in the Southern District of NY. During the Chinese military team indictments, he mentioned the other case and deferrred all questions to the NY US Attorney's office. There had been some confusion among some members of the press when word got out of the two press conferences.
Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
5/20/2014 | 10:48:55 AM
Re: big day for cyber badness busts
@Kelly  @Ryan   It was definitely a busy news day and rather confusing for those of us getting invitations to press conferences. On the plus side, having two on the same day meant that cybercrime was a BIG topic that nobody watching the national use yesterday could escape.
User Rank: Apprentice
5/20/2014 | 6:18:01 PM
Re: Detection and Remediation
I recommend you run malwarebyes, you can download from cnet.com or malwarebytes.org. 

Make sure you run a custom scan and select the root kit check box.

Then run Microsoft's malicious software detection software, from http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx

Next run the FixTDSS tool from Symantec.

Available from here:


And finally run the Sophos Virus Removal tool.  Located here: http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/virus-removal-tool.aspx

You can google the tools and find them that way or type in the links I provided.

If you are clean with all these scans you should be in the clear.




User Rank: Apprentice
5/20/2014 | 9:41:13 PM
Re: Detection and Remediation
Thankyou so very much.
User Rank: Ninja
5/20/2014 | 9:52:28 PM
Re: Detection and Remediation
I would imagine these scans should run in the off hours from an enterprise perspective. These tools seem aggressive and might cause network latency. Please let me know if I am mistaken and the scans being performed are done in a passive nature. This will allow me to make a better judgement on when to perform the scans. Thanks,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/21/2014 | 2:40:11 AM
spy opinion
Why there are always someone use it to do bad things, it is somewhere like a keylogger(such as micro keylogger I know), it depends on how we use it. 

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