- $150k in cryptocurrency stolen through combined BGP-DNS hijack
A BGP hijack was used to take over some of Amazon's DNS infrastructure, which was then used to serve a phishing site to users of the MyEtherWallet service.
- Security-focused routers may help to mitigate IoT threats
Various security companies are offering security-focused routers. This is a good trend and may help mitigate a lot of the issues that come with the IoT.
- The road to IPv6 is generally smooth but contains a few potholes
Most of the switch from IPv4 to IPv6 will happen seamlessly. But we cannot assume it won't introduce new security issues.
- New paper: Powering the distribution of Tesla stealer with PowerShell and VBA macros
Since their return four years ago, Office macros have been one of the most common ways to spread malware. Today, we publish a research paper which looks in detail at a campaign in which VBA macros are used to execute PowerShell code, which in turn downloads the Tesla information-stealing trojan.
- VB2017 paper: Android reverse engineering tools: not the usual suspects
Within a few years, Android malware has grown from a relatively small threat to a huge problem involving more than three million new malware samples a year. Axelle Apvrille, one of the world's leading Android malware researchers, will deliver a workshop on Android reverse engineering at VB2018 in Montreal this October. Last year, Axelle presented a paper at VB2017 on some of the less common tools that can be used to reverse engineer Android malware. Today, we publish both the paper and the recording of Axelle's presentation.
- Patch early, patch often, but don't blindly trust every 'patch'
Compromised websites are being used to serve fake Flash Player uploads that come with a malicious payload.
- Virus Bulletin at RSA
Next week, VB Editor Martijn Grooten will be at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
- Broad-ranging and international VB2018 programme announced
VB is excited to reveal the details of an interesting and diverse programme for VB2018, the 28th Virus Bulletin International Conference, which takes place 3-5 October in Montreal, Canada.
- Netflix issue shows email verification really does matter
A clever trick taking advantage of the fact that Gmail ignores dots in email addresses could be used to trick someone into paying for your Netflix subscription - demonstrating the importance of confirmed opt-in.
- VB2017 paper: Exploring the virtual worlds of advergaming
At VB2017 in Madrid, Malwarebytes' Chris Boyd presented a paper in which he looked at various aspects of advergaming, from unreadable EULAs to fake programs that promise to block ads. Today, we publish both the paper and the recording of Chris's presentation.