Month: September 2013

Click-fraud Sefnit Malware Resurrects from Dead, Microsoft Said

After Mevade Trojan emerged as the first large botnet to hide inside and attack Tor network, a new malware followed which will perform click-fraud. Sefnit Malware, likely to be developed by developers of Mevade Trojan, is reportedly generating click-fraud activity as confirmed by researcher Geoff McDonald at Microsoft Malware Protection Center. According to McDonald, Sefnit malware was first discovered as a new click-fraud malware back in 2011. Microsoft detected click-fraud activity in Sefnit malware which uses open source 3proxy project to defraud search engine users. Considering the succession of emergence of Sefnit malware and Mevade Trojan, Microsoft suspects that they belong to the same family, with Sefnit malware being the click-fraud part of the latter. How Sefnit malware works and defrauds?  The new Sefnit malware click fraud method is more advanced and stealthier than the method developers used in 2011. Earlier in 2011, the old Sefnit malware used click hijacking method to perform click-fraud that whenever an infected user was browsing Internet and attempted to click on any search engine result, their clicks would be hijacked to a webpage which looked similar to the users’ destination. Sefnit malware was using advertising agencies to divert the search results and those clicks were in large volume that it was nearly impossible to detect such click-fraud activities by any anti-fraud agency, but some observant users reported the incidence and submitted samples to...

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Beware Net-banking Users, Shylock Strikes Back

Watch out when you access and transact from your online banking account! The notorious Capshaw aka Shylock strikes back. The resurgence of online banking malware, Shylock or known as Caphaw, has been spotted to affect customers of 24 financial institutions. The security firm Zscaler has reported on Wednesday that an increasing number of Shylock infections resurged in the last month, well after the first of threat in 2011. So what is Shylock/Caphaw malware? The Shylock/Caphaw malware was first found in 2011 and once again, earlier in 2013 to attack European banking customers. This time, the Shylock/Caphaw Trojan application has hit customers of the four major American banks that are Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Corporation, Wells Fargo, Citi Private Bank and also other financial institutions such as Bank of the West, Capital One, U.S. Bancorp and others. How it works? Shylock is found to be more sophisticated and efficient than any banking malware. According to an analysis on Caphaw published by by ESET security researcher Aleksandr Matrosov, “This is one of the few pieces of malware that can automatically steal money when the user is actively accessing his banking account.” The research also revealed other malware associated with Shylock/Caphaw are Gataka, Carberp, Tinba and Ranbyus. Furthermore Matrosov also claimed that Shylock/Caphaw malware buries itself in Windows Explorer and also hides inside the program files of the operating system to...

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Facebook Shared Photo Album with Multiple Contributors

Interested in sharing photos in a group? Facebook allows you this facility… As per the latest Facebook update, you can use your Facebook account to create shared photo albums and visit and re-visit all your nostalgic moments – be it a college reunion, a classmate’s wedding or even your kid’s first Parents Day in school! And what’s more? To this album there can be up to 50 contributors uploading a maximum of 200 photos each! Phew, this is quite a number for sure. With this update, Facebook has sure scored some brownie points, especially among photo buffs. Facebook definitely aims to take the group engagement pleasures to a never before high… How to create a Shared Album with multiple contributors In case you are reading this piece of information for the first time, you might as well be interested in knowing how you could create a group album. So, here you go… Log in to your Facebook account Go to your Profile page and click on the Photos tab, appearing on the top This will take you to your Photo stream Scroll to the ‘Create Album’ tab on the top right corner and click on it Select the particular images you would like to include in this album You can supplement your pictures with relevant information if you wish to Navigate to the ‘Post Photos’ button, located in the...

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