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Detekt — Free Anti-Malware Tool To Detect Govt. Surveillance Malware

Detekt — Free Anti-Malware Tool To Detect Govt. Surveillance Malware

November 21, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Human rights experts and Privacy International have launched a free tool allowing users to scan their computers for surveillance spyware, typically used by governments and other organizations to spy on human rights activists and journalists around the world. This free-of-charge anti-surveillance tool, called Detekt , is an open source software app released in partnership with Human rights charity Amnesty International, Germany's Digitale Gesellschaft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation ( EFF ) and Privacy International, in order to combat government surveillance. NEED AN EYE FOR AN EYE The global surveillance carried out by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies recently disclosed by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shed light on just how far our own government can go to keep track of citizens, whether innocent or otherwise. Therefore, such tool will help them see if their devices have been infected by any spyware. Detekt was dev
Microsoft Seized No-IP Domains, Millions of Dynamic DNS Service Users Suffer Outage

Microsoft Seized No-IP Domains, Millions of Dynamic DNS Service Users Suffer Outage

July 01, 2014Mohit Kumar
In an effort to crackdown on cyber crimes, Microsoft has taken a legal action against a malware network what it thought is responsible for more than 7.4 million infections of Windows PCs across the globe. Millions of legitimate servers that rely on Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS) from No-IP.com, owned by Vitalwerks Internet Solutions were blacked out on Monday after Microsoft seized their 23 domain names that were being used by malware developed in the Middle East and Africa. No-IP FOR MALWARE OPERATORS The Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS) from No-IP.com works by mapping users' dynamic IP addresses to a customized No-IP sub-domain like yourhost.no-ip.org or yourhost.no-ip.biz. This mechanism allows users to connect to a system with dynamic IP address using a static No-IP sub-domain. No doubt its a useful service, but Nevada-based No-IP Dynamic DNS (DDNS) service subdomains have been abused by creators of malware for infecting millions of computers with ma
Popular Remote access Trojan njRAT fuels Middle East Cyber Crime

Popular Remote access Trojan njRAT fuels Middle East Cyber Crime

March 31, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Again the sophisticated piece of malware, " njRAT " has come to picture targeting the government agencies and organizations in the Middle East, according to the research carried out by Symantec security researchers. The researchers analyzed 721 samples of malicious code ' njRAT ' and revealed that a large number of about 24,000 infected computers worldwide were targeted by the malware infections with 542 control-and-command (C&C) server domain names. njRAT is not a new piece of malware in the market, it is available since June 2013. Till now its three variants have been released and all of which can be propagated through infected USB keys or networked drives. njRAT is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) intensive in its data-stealing capabilities. In addition to log keystrokes, the malware is capable to access the victim's camera, steal credentials stored in browsers, upload and download files, perform process and file manipulations, view the victim's desktop. Thi
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