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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Remember Conficker? It's still around

Computerworld Security: August 04, 2015

Remember Conficker? It's still around

The Conficker Working Group was tasked with stopping the botnet and finding its
creators. It's still at work -- and so is Conficker.

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2. Macs can be remotely infected with firmware malware that remains after reformatting

3. Yahoo tackles big 'malvertising' campaign in its ad network

4. Newest RIG exploit kit driven by malicious ads

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Macs can be remotely infected with firmware malware that remains after reformatting

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Yahoo tackles big 'malvertising' campaign in its ad network

Yahoo said Monday it had removed malware from its advertising network, after
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Newest RIG exploit kit driven by malicious ads

Earlier this year, a disgruntled reseller leaked the source code for version 2.0
of the RIG exploit kit. Since then, the RIG's author has released a new version,
which was recently discovered by researchers from Trustwave. The latest version
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1.25 million systems to date.


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