Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cybercriminals know how to make a lethal mix

“Drugs, alcohol and ego. They are a bad mix.”  For sure, rock star Don Dokken knew what he was talking about when he said so. Indeed there are sometimes some lethal combinations.

Of course, malware authors are completely aware of that. So they are increasingly mixing the features from different malware to produce more deadly viruses. Soraya is one of the cases. It is a malicious piece of  software that borrows capabilities from the infamous Zeus Trojan and Dexter POS malware.

At this point, there are some experts like Rik Ferguson, vice president of Trend Micro, who propose some more drastic actions against malware. Mr. Ferguson thinks it is time for ISPs to actively detect infected devices among their users, move them to quarantine and contact their customers to resolve the situation.

Meanwhile, the business world is becoming more aware of cyber threats. Therefore, at least in the U.S., several enterprises listed on the Fortune 500 are seeking computer security experts for management positions, as reported by Reuters. At the same time, technology companies such as Microsoft or Google also contribute their bit to the field of cybersecurity.

Microsoft just announced that it will open what they call a cybersecurity accelerator in Israel. This is a program to promote some israeli startups in the field of information security. Google, in turn, launched the code for a new Chrome extension, which will encrypt user’s emails via the open-source encryption standard OpenPGP.

However, it is not very likely that this new tool has any impact on Chinese users, since the government of China has blocked the majority of Google services in advance of the 25th anniversary of the violent events that took place at Tiananmen Square. A measure aimed to prevent any interference by foreign influences on the Chinese government’s official version. There they also know how dangerous some mixes can become...

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