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New Malware Found Hiding Inside Image Files
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Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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6/17/2015 | 6:26:37 AM
Ingenuity
The ingenuity of malware makers always impresses me. I'm sure many of them could secure gigs at security outfits or firms that require high-end digital security. They wouldn't even need to be world class, as so many firms seem to have such lax digital defences. 
Mark532010
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Mark532010,
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6/17/2015 | 11:03:19 AM
Re: Ingenuity
you are right on in that statement. While zero-day and these super-sophisticated attacks gain all the media and keep people awake at night, the reality is that 90+% of breakins are simple basic security 101 problems. users with admin rights, default passwords, no encryption, lax controls or controls that are never actually used, home-grown apps that have never been pen-tested, etc.
savoiadilucania
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savoiadilucania,
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6/17/2015 | 11:52:56 AM
Nothing new here?
While a novel way to effect a network attack, the attack vector and countermeasures remain the same. The adversary has to introduce and execute malcode. Whether that malcode is obfuscated using steganography or appended to a legitimate document is largely irrelevant. And making that determination is quite frankly a fruitless endeavor granted the panoply of evasion mechanisms available. The focus needs to be on the execution chain.
BertrandW414
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BertrandW414,
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6/17/2015 | 4:39:25 PM
Re: Ingenuity
Yes Whoopty, now that would be a great use of our H1B visa system! It is too bad that some of these people working in hacker groups or cartels would probably feel that trying to leave and become legit would put their lives or physical well-being in jeopardy. They might also be worried about getting abducted by an organization in our intelligence community and getting "aggreessively interviewed" for contacts, techniques, and other useful information. 
GwenGo
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GwenGo,
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6/18/2015 | 7:06:49 AM
Re: Ingenuity
Thank you for this article on malwares.
I really hope to protect myself against these intrusions but it's hard ...
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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6/22/2015 | 1:18:03 PM
steganography
 

One of the oldest technique to hide information inside an image.  They do it in a way that the checksum on the image is not resulting into a different number so it is really hard to catch.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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6/22/2015 | 1:20:26 PM
Re: Ingenuity
Sure. They have incentive to outsmart security professionals in a way that they are always ahead of all of us. That is the main problem with the security measures it is always trying to catch up.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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6/22/2015 | 1:21:52 PM
Re: Ingenuity
I agree it starts with simple root cause and goes into a bigger problem. That is the main reason whatever we do we have to a have layered approach.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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6/22/2015 | 1:23:27 PM
Re: Nothing new here?
I agree. We just need to know what paths do these malwares are coming so we can take more precise preventive actions instead of playing catchup game.


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