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Pen Test Partners' data-stealing screen

Evil pixels: Researcher demos data-theft over screen-share protocols

It's the kind of thinking you expect from someone who lives in a volcano lair: exfiltrating data from remote screen pixel values. The idea comes from Pen Test Partners' Alan Monie, taking a break from sex toy hacks and wondering how to get data over a connection like RDP (remote desktop protocol) when the target had blocked …

A RAT and a spammer both avoid the slammer

Two US hackers have escaped prison, receiving probation instead of time in federal coolers. Blackshades remote access trojan (RAT) co-creator Michael Hogue, 25, of Arizona, could have stared down five years prison for his role in developing the BlackShades remote access trojan but instead received the time on probation. His …
Darren Pauli, 1 Feb 2016

Norway cops, Europol, throw cage over RAT

Five hackers arrested last month in a sting coordinated by Norway police have been revealed as running the MegalodonHTTP remote access trojan. The Kripos-Europol operation codenamed "OP Falling sTAR" has been kept largely under wraps until security firm Damballa revealed the name of the malware involved. The US security firm …
Team Register, 15 Jan 2016

FireEye intern VXer pleads guilty for Darkode droid RAT ruse

A former FireEye intern has pleaded guilty to creating and selling the Dendroid malware on the raided Darkode criminal forum. Morgan Culbertson, 20, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty before a Pittsburgh federal judge and faces sentencing 2 December. He faces a maximum of 10 years prison and a $250,000 fine, and has no prior …
Darren Pauli, 27 Aug 2015

High-level, state-sponsored Naikon hackers exposed

The activities of yet another long-running apparently state-sponsored hacking crew have finally been exposed. The Naikon cyber-espionage group has been targeting government, military and civil organisations around the South China Sea for at least five years, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab. The Naikon attackers …
John Leyden, 18 May 2015
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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

Cybercrooks commonly run botnet command-and-control networks using servers or (less frequently) a peer-to-peer network, but one gang of scammers has broken the mould by managing a Trojan using Yahoo webmail. The recently discovered IcoScript Trojan is a classic remote administration tool (RAT), but what makes it highly unusual …
John Leyden, 5 Aug 2014
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Dropbox used as command and control for Taiwan time bomb

A remote access trojan (RAT) is using Dropbox for command and control in a targeted attack against the Taiwanese Government, malware analyst Maersk Menrige says. The upgraded PlugX RAT is the first targeted attack to use Dropbox to update command and control settings, Menrige said, as distinct from other malware and ransomware …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2014

Attackers fling Stuxnet-style RATs at critical control software in EUROPE

Security researchers have uncovered a series of Trojan-based attacks which have infiltrated several targets by infecting industrial control system software from the makers of SCADA and ICS systems. The majority of the victims are located in Europe, though at the time of writing at least one US firm's compromised gear appears …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2014
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Cops crimp global perve-cam attacks

Webcam voyeurs around the world are on edge after authorities in several nations began raiding buyers of the BlackShades remote access trojan (RAT). Reports of the raids surfaced on hacker denizen hangout HackForums after authorities pounced on users across the US, Europe, and reportedly Australia this month. US-based …
Darren Pauli, 19 May 2014

Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

A careless rat is being blamed for a power outage that left the Fukushima nuclear plant's storage tanks without cooling. Late on Monday, March 18, TEPCO experienced a power cut at cooling equipment serving the nuclear fuel storage tanks, in an incident that took 30 hours to overcome (the company emphaised that during the …
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Boffins find RAT-SIZED bug-muncher links man to beast

The missing link between man and beast is a ancient rat-like creature that preceded all placental mammals - a group that encompasses both whales and humans. Artist's rendering of placental mammal ancestor Boffins have figured out that primates and dinosaurs did not co-exist, as the mammal ancestors didn't start …
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JELLYFISH bio-bot built with rat cells to mend broken hearts

Boffins have fashioned an artificial bio-engineered jellyfish from rat cells that could one day fix up badly damaged human heart tissue. Researchers from Harvard and Caltech working towards building an artificial human heart cobbled together some silicon and some living rat heart cells to make a jellyfish that can pump through …
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UK firm denies supplying spyware to Mubarak's secret police

A UK tech firm has denied supplying spyware technology to the former Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak. Documents uncovered when the country's security service headquarters were ransacked during the Arab Spring uprising suggest that Egypt had purchased a package called FinFisher to spy on dissidents. FinFisher, developed …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2011
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Explorers unearth cat-sized rat

A BBC camera crew backed by biologists has identified a new species of giant rat. The massive rodent has been discovered living exclusively inside the crater of an extinct Papua New Guinea volcano. The team first spotted the beast on footage from an infrared camera trap inside the crater of Mount Bosavi, in the country's …
Lester Haines, 7 Sep 2009
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NASA licences rat-wee based astronaut sports drink

NASA has offered for general sale a high-tech "electrolytic rehydration drink" developed to keep astronauts in top shape under the physiological stresses of orbital flight. For a truly authentic astronaut experience, Earthbound drinkers of "The Right Stuff™" may wish to mix their cutting-edge space beverage with (purified) rat …
Lewis Page, 5 Jun 2009
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Nudie subterranean rat protein could arrest human ageing

US boffins believe they may be on the track of longevity-enhancing technology, by analysing the unusual proteins found in naked mole rats. These wrinkly, hairless burrowing creatures from East Africa live many times longer than other rodents, and remain attractive, fit and virile the whole time. MIT Tech Review reports on the …
Lewis Page, 20 Feb 2009
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Israelis offer radical new rat-based urban renewal scheme

Israeli professors have advocated a radical new method of city planning. They say that proposed layouts for new urban construction should be tested by checking what rats think of them, suggesting that recent trials in which furry rodents favoured New York's street plan over that of New Orleans indicate the murines' superior …
Lewis Page, 13 Jan 2009

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