Malware of the 1980s: Looking back at the Brain Virus and the Morris Worm

This installment in our series of articles to mark Antimalware Day tells the stories behind two creations that are representative of the 1980s: a virus viewed as the first-ever PC virus and a worm that caused the greatest damage ever wrought by a piece of malware up to that point. As promised on Friday when we … More Malware of the 1980s: Looking back at the Brain Virus and the Morris Worm

Antimalware Day: The evolution of malicious code

Celebrated annually on November 3, Antimalware Day is an opportunity to recognize the work of cybersecurity professionals. Since 2017, November 3 has been celebrated as Antimalware Day. Established by ESET, Antimalware Day aims to honor the work done by researchers in the field of information security and in the technology industry as a whole. As … More Antimalware Day: The evolution of malicious code

New TeleBots backdoor: First evidence linking Industroyer to NotPetya

ESET’s analysis of a recent backdoor used by TeleBots – the group behind the massive NotPetya ransomware outbreak – uncovers strong code similarities to the Industroyer main backdoor, revealing a rumored connection that was not previously proven. Among the most significant malware-induced cybersecurity incidents in recent years were the attacks against the Ukrainian power grid – which … More New TeleBots backdoor: First evidence linking Industroyer to NotPetya

Pirate websites expose users to more malware, study finds

The study found that the more time users spent on pirate sites the higher the likelihood that some type of malware would compromise their computers. It is hardly a surprise to learn that navigating to pirate websites entails a higher risk of running into malware. But a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, US, … More Pirate websites expose users to more malware, study finds

Security event in Taiwan ‘rewards’ quiz winners with malware-laden USB drives

It was, literally and otherwise, more stick than carrot for some winners of a recent data-security contest in Taiwan, who must have been stuck for words after their prizes turned out to be malware-riddled USB sticks. The country’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) handed out 250 USB thumb drives to members of the public who had … More Security event in Taiwan ‘rewards’ quiz winners with malware-laden USB drives

Memes: the explanation of nearly everything – including computer viruses

I was a young mathematics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) when I read Richard Dawkins’ description of memes. I recall thinking: “Oh, that’s how it all works”. Memes are a generalization of genes, and, among other things, they include your beliefs.  After studying memes for many decades, I have come to think that they are … More Memes: the explanation of nearly everything – including computer viruses