Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
How Retro Malware Feeds the New Threat Wave
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/13/2014 | 4:41:37 PM
Re: What's old is new
So true, Anthony. Everyone is looking for the best ROI -- good guys and bad guys alike. 
adibello
50%
50%
adibello,
User Rank: Author
10/13/2014 | 4:31:52 PM
Re: What's old is new
As you suggest @Sara, it's always more cost effective to reuse proven code where possible than to create new code from scratch, using new vulnerabilities or obfuscation techniques to successfully inject such code into the enterprise to your point @Marilyn. The folks creating and selling malware are just as organized and budget conscious as their white hat counterparts, looking to leverage methods which offer the greatest return on investment wherever they can.
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/7/2014 | 7:54:32 AM
Re: What's old is new
I like your fashion analogy, @Sara. I'm the last person to comment on fashion trends, but to take it the analogy one step further, whenever a retro style comes back into vogue, there seems to always be some new twist that makes your old garb not quite the right look or feel. So it seems with retro malware. It's familiar but yet new enough that existing antimalware and practices won't be effective...
Sara Peters
50%
50%
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
10/6/2014 | 4:34:09 PM
What's old is new
Well cybercrime is rather fashionable these days; why shouldn't it follow the same rules that the fashion/beauty industry does? Do you think that attackers simply wait until we let our guard down, to start using the old stuff we've stopped looking for? The whole "just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water," approach? I'm not entirely certain, though, why that's preferable. I suppose it's cheaper. You don't have to go invest in brand new malware toolkits and such. 


Firms Improve Threat Detection but Face Increasingly Disruptive Attacks
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  2/20/2020
Ransomware Damage Hit $11.5B in 2019
Dark Reading Staff 2/20/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-19668
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-27
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: CVE-2018-17963. Reason: This candidate is a reservation duplicate of CVE-2018-17963. Notes: All CVE users should reference CVE-2018-17963 instead of this candidate. All references and descriptions in this candidate have been removed to preve...
CVE-2019-12882
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-27
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: none. Reason: This candidate was withdrawn by its CNA. Further investigation showed that it was not a security issue. Notes: none.
CVE-2017-6363
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-27
** DISPUTED ** In the GD Graphics Library (aka LibGD) through 2.2.5, there is a heap-based buffer over-read in tiffWriter in gd_tiff.c. NOTE: the vendor says "In my opinion this issue should not have a CVE, since the GD and GD2 formats are documented to be 'obsolete, and should only be used for...
CVE-2017-6371
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-27
Synchronet BBS 3.16c for Windows allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (service crash) via a long string in the HTTP Referer header.
CVE-2017-5861
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-27
** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: CVE-2017-1000020. Reason: This candidate is a reservation duplicate of CVE-2017-1000020. Notes: All CVE users should reference CVE-2017-1000020 instead of this candidate. All references and descriptions in this candidate have been removed to...