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7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

Miscreants have created a strain of malware that targets the same vulnerability as the infamous WannaCrypt worm. EternalRocks worm uses flaws in the SMB Server Message Block (SMB) shares networking protocol to infect unpatched Windows systems. Unlike WannaCrypt, EternalRocks doesn't bundle a destructive malware payload, at …
John Leyden, 22 May 2017
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SEX-starved worm can GIVE HEAD to ITSELF to reproduce

Bioboffins have found a species of flatworm, Macrostomum hystrix, that can reproduce by injecting its own head with its sperm. The spunky self-shagging slitherer is discussed in a paper titled Hypodermic self-insemination as a reproductive assurance strategy that's made it into the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The …

Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

A worm which walked on legs and was adorned with vicious spikes is likely to have been one of the first animals on Earth to have donned armour for its own protection, say palaeoboffins who have identified the wee beastie. The "super-armoured" worm, a previously unknown species from 500 million years ago, ate by filtering …
Facebook malware plus AWS plus Box roped into worm-spreading spree

Users with a bent for nasty content and too much trust in shortened links are helping to spread a Facebook worm, according to researchers at Malwarebytes. Senior researcher Jérôme Segura has documented a Kilim-family worm that attracts users by promising smut with a link that's been shrunk by link-shortening service …
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South Korea says NUCLEAR WORM is nothing to worry about

The South Korean Energy Minister has told the National Assembly that a newly discovered malware outbreak at one of the country's nuclear facilities is no big deal, and is not linked to a more serious breach earlier this month. Yoon Sang-jick said in a committee hearing that investigators had found a malware "worm" in one of …
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2014

New fear: Worm that ransacked US military PCs was blueprint for spies' super-malware

A mystery worm that burrowed into US military computers to steal secrets six years ago may have inspired the development of subsequent government-grade malware Red October, Turla, Flame and Gauss. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab reached this conclusion after finding similarities between Agent.btz – the worm that attacked in 2008 …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2014

Malware-flinging Linksys vulnerability confirmed as a HNAP1 bug

Updated The worm called “The Moon”, which began spreading between Linksys home broadband kit last week, has been confirmed as a problem with the devices' HNAP1 implementation, and an exploit has been made public. The exploit was posted to by user Rew, who said this Reddit discussion meant the “cat's out of the bag”. …
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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

Stuxnet - the famous worm widely credited with crippling the Iranian nuclear weapons programme for several years - also infected the internal network of a Russian nuclear plant. Unspecified malware has even reached the International Space Station, according to the boss of Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab. Eugene Kaspersky …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

New table-munching worm ravages Iranian biz databases

A new strain of malware is thrashing corporate databases in the Middle East, claiming the vast majority of its victims in Iran. Narilam is "causing chaos" by targeting and modifying corporate databases, according to Symantec. The worm spreads through removable drives and network shares. Network worms are relatively …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Source code smoking gun links Stuxnet AND Flame

A direct link exists between the infamous uranium enrichment sabotage worm Stuxnet and the newly uncovered Flame mega-malware, researchers have claimed. Russian virus protection outfit Kaspersky Lab said in a blog post yesterday that although two separate teams worked on Stuxnet and Flame, the viruses' programmers "cooperated …
Team Register, 12 Jun 2012

Microsoft douses Flame

Microsoft has noticed Flame, the malware supposedly burning up the middle east and spreading like wildfire to the rest of the world, and has taken steps to stop it before becoming an uncontrollable conflagration. Redmond's chief concern, according to Mike Reavey, a senior director of the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing effort …
The Register breaking news

Facebook and IM apps abused to spread social-climbing worm

Security watchers are warning users about a new worm that spreads via Facebook's instant messaging feature and also inserts itself under the guise of misleading messages on other social networking websites and IM services. The malware typically arrives in the form of a private Facebook IM that points towards a malware-loaded …
John Leyden, 21 May 2012
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PoC code uses super-critical Windows bug to crash PCs

Security watchers have discovered proof-of-concept code that attempts to exploit a high-risk Windows security hole, causing computers to crash. The exploit attacks a RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) flaw patched by Microsoft on Tuesday. Redmond's security staffers warned at the time that the critical update (MS12-020) was of a …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Facebook, experts spar over Ramnit worm contagion

Facebook has downplayed the significance of Ramnit, a recently discovered worm that attempts to steal login credentials for the social networking site. It said an adapted version of the bank account-raiding virus is not actually spreading through the site itself. However Seculert, the security biz that discovered a Ramnit …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2012

Schneier: Teens and treaties - our cyber-war saviors

We can expect at least another 10 years of unbridled and irrational fear about the threat of cyber war before things calm down. That's according to security expert Bruce Schneier, who reckons it will be people's attitudes to the threat of hackers, terrorists and rogue nations that will grow up first, and essentially help make …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Nov 2011
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Facebook says it's winning against Justin Bieber smut onslaught

Facebook said it is well on the way to cleaning up a noxious slurry of porn and pictures of dead animals left by a spam campaign that targeted users' walls this week. The attack - which resulted in punters being greeted by an avalanche of photoshopped pornographic images of Justin Bieber - involved tricking users into pasting …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

Worm wriggles through year-old flaw, builds zombie-net

A new worm doing the rounds is turning servers running older versions of the JBoss Application Server into botnet drones. The malware behind the attack is significant both because it targets servers rather than PCs and for its reliance on exploiting a vulnerability that is over a year old – a flaw in JBoss Application Server …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011
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Stuxnet-derived malware found infecting SCADA makers

Organizations involved in the making of systems that control oil pipelines and other critical infrastructure have been infected with malware directly derived from the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program, security researchers said. Parts of newly discovered malware are almost identical to Stuxnet, and were written …
Dan Goodin, 18 Oct 2011

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