The odd, 8-year legacy of the Conficker worm

Eight years ago, on November 21st, 2008, Conficker reared its ugly head. And since then, the “worm that roared” – as ESET’s distinguished researcher Aryeh Goretsky puts it – has remained stubbornly active. Targeting Microsoft Windows, it has compromised home, business and government computers across 190 countries, leading experts to call it the most notorious … More The odd, 8-year legacy of the Conficker worm

Dissecting Linux/Moose

The Analysis of a Linux Router-based Worm Hungry for Social Networks Today we are releasing a research paper about a malware family that primarily targets Linux-based consumer routers but that can infect other Linux-based embedded systems in its path: Dissecting Linux/Moose. This blog post will summarize a few elements of the full report. Linux/Moose is … More Dissecting Linux/Moose

Win32/Flamer: the 21st Century Whale

It’s not only the malware ESET calls Win32/Flamer.A which is complex (and certainly dauntingly large). It’s understandable that what appears to be a sophisticated threat found in in several regions, some of them particularly politically sensitive, has excited so much interest. However, conflicting conjecture and confusion over the ‘ownership’ of the detection is muddying the … More Win32/Flamer: the 21st Century Whale

Monthly Threat Report: September 2011

Backup strategy for home users David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP, ESET Senior Research Fellow A shorter version of this article previously appeared in SC Magazine’s Cybercrime Corner. Years ago, when I was a security analyst/administrator at a medical research organization in the UK, one of the units (not one I was personally responsible for, fortunately) … More Monthly Threat Report: September 2011