Neverquest is a Viral Threat
Kaspersky Labs has recently made some progress in determining what certain cyber criminal organizations are doing. This unfortunately has discovered an advancement in the realm of threats to online banking, including a very disturbing and potentially viral threat known as Neverquest. If infected by the Neverquest malware a user connecting to a bank or payment center that has been compromised as well would be subject to that connection being compromised by the malicious users involved with propagating Neverquest.
This is a very complex malware infection and according to Kaspersky the program is called Trojan-Banker.Win32/64 and it has not yet realized anywhere near its full potential. This is another clear and present danger in cyberspace which remains essentially unchecked to this point. It is likely that in order to avoid infection completely some relatively severe actions will need to be taken. Much like Cryptolocker, Neverquest will execute in a certain manner that everyday PC users would not be prepared to prevent. Sometimes there is a difference between detecting and preventing such severe malware infections as these.
Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond Gets 10 Years In Prison
BY Evan Thomas
Internet activist and hacker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced Friday to the maximum 10 year prison term for hacking into the web intelligence firm Stratfor. Hammond pled guilty in May to one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, for stealing emails and credit card numbers from Stratfor’s databases. (Via Ars Technica) During the Stratfor hack and other attacks, Hammond worked with Hector Monsegur, perhaps better known as Sabu, who at the time was working as an FBI informant. (Via Softpedia)
Ransomware is something that's been around for quite some time. According to Wikipedia the first known instance occurred in 1989, known as PC Cyborg (aka the AIDS Trojan). That piece of malware encrypted files on a hard drive, proclaimed that there was an expired software license on the infected system, and demanded payment to resolve the falsified situation. One of the latest instances in the wild is called Cryptolocker and it is capable of some very nasty activity. Cryptolocker Ransomware is far more complex and potentially damaging than any of its early predecessors but it can be dealt with if one knows what to do about it.
Intel's Low Power Xeon
Intel has been making CPUs for quite some time and they've realized the value of reducing the power consumption of some of their most powerful processors. There have been CPUs on the market for years that use very little energy (such as in smart phones or tablets) but these tend to lack the punch required to run more powerful machines such as servers. Xeon processors have dominated the server market for many years but there are competitors and everybody is looking for ways to save power. Intel is no different and with the new Broadwell line of processors they intend to release the reduction of CPU power consumption will be at the forefront.
Facebook Loss Equals N.S.A. Gain
With all of the latest concerns regarding privacy (especially on the ‘Net) many people – arguably most – have become more concerned and more acutely aware regarding such things as U.S. Government security leaks, policy changes among Internet Service Providers and Social Media outlets (AND governments worldwide), and overall security in their lives. Most have now heard of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and of late most notably the former N.S.A. (National Security Agency) analyst turned “rogue” Edward Snowden. These are all legitimate concerns; however, there will be no links to such entities here at Resolve.