Computer Virus Catalog
(NSFW) shows artists' renditions of famous computer viruses.
A recent strain of malware called Cryptolocker (technical description from BleepingComputer
) has been infecting computers across the Internet. It's of the Ransomware (wiki)
genre of attack, and searches a computer's drive for critical files by browsing their extensions (for example, focusing on word processing documents, images and music) and encrypts them with its own key that you can then buy back from the hacker for a fee of $100 to $300 dollars payable in Bitcoins. More information about the virus and how to avoid it is available at Krebs On Security
, and the Malwarebytes Blog
, with more recent developments on Naked Security
Relive techno fears of yore ... malware aficionado Daniel White collects vintage computer viruses
, infects his machines and records the results. See more examples at his YouTube channel
"I am calling you from Windows"
: A tech support scammer dials Ars Technica [more inside]
is the name of a newly-identified malware program
which utilizes a previously unknown MD5 collision attack
to successfully spoof Microsoft Terminal Services, and install itself as a trusted program using Windows Update, Microsoft has confirmed.
The program appears to have targeted computers in the Middle East, and specifically Iran
; analysts have alleged it is likely created by the same entity
that designed Stuxnet. Flame has been live and actively spying since 2010
, but went undetected until recently, due to sophisticated anti-detection measures. [more inside]
Microsoft's newest version of Windows....
billed as the most secure ever, contains several serious flaws that allow hackers to steal or destroy a victim's data files across the Internet or implant rogue computer software. The company released a free fix Thursday.
A Microsoft official acknowledged that the risk to consumers was unprecedented because the glitches allow hackers to seize control of all Windows XP operating system software without requiring a computer user to do anything except connect to the Internet.