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New Breed of Malware

August 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Shamoon

The August 17th article from PCWorld read, “…Next generation malware takes insidious to a whole new level.”  I recently listed three big threats you should know about, Stuxnet, Flame, and Gauss…now add Shamoon to the mix.  This one apparently wipes our your hard drive and master boot record to keep you from performing any meaningful forensics.

From PCWorld’s analysis, all four (Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, and Gauss) “…are believed to be sophisticated, state-sponsored malware developed for the purpose of cyber espionage against specific targets.”  This may affect larger organizations, and may seem irrelevant to the SMB market, but it’s the technology advancements behind these tools that concern me.  Over time the technology used here will likely be incorporated into malware readily available online to just about anyone.

While this may not drive additional products and services right now, I recommend knowing about these things as your client’s adviser.  Consider setting up briefings with local business executives to educate them on what is going on, and what steps their organizations should be taking to protect their customers and internal sensitive data from data security threats in general.

Educational marketing is the best way to reach out to business owners, executives, and anyone in that “Asset Owner” position.

© 2012, David Stelzl

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Cybercrime Update

 

Are you up to date on cybercrime trends?  Security continues to move…last year Anonymous dominated the Wall Street Journal security news,…this year there are some important technologies to be following: Stuxnet, Flame, and more recently, Gauss.

Stuxnet

If you are selling security technology, you should know what Stuxnet is…Here is a great article providing an overview of this unique approach to cyber-warfare.  Stuxnet has been around for a couple of years now, but I find that few people recognize the name.

Flame

The Flame virus has been likened to Stuxnet, but indications are this is a more complex malware that is also capable of taking over mechanical systems and creating havoc.  There’s a short description here to get your started.

Gauss

The Gauss virus is a new discovery and located mostly in the middle east at this point.  Kaspersky has published some statistical data on this worm showing where it is attacking…”Kaspersky said that by July 31, 2012, it had counted 2,500 unique PCs as being infected by Gauss since May, and traced 1,600 of those infections to PCs in Lebanon. The next most-infected countries were Israel (483 PCs infected), the Palestinian Territory (261), the United States (43), the United Arab Emirates (11), and Germany (5).”

This malware seems to have targeted bank customers, but also has a connection to the Stuxnet program.  Check out all three of these as the news is building. Even though your clients may not be affected at this point, all three represent a significant change in technology advancements being made in the cybercrime world.
Two articles to get you started:

7 Key Facts

Unable to Crack Computer Virus

© 2012, David Stelzl