Java security in the era of BYOD (comment); Ogee whiz (malware analysis); A deeper look into the ZeroAccess clickbot (malware analysis); Pushdo's new second generation (malware analysis); Shellcoding ARM: part 3 (tutorial); Phishing and fraud: the make-believe industry (feature); VB100 comparative review on Windows XP Professional SP3 (comparative review)
‘It concerns me that my daughter’s favourite game requires access to Wi‑Fi, contacts, the operating system, etc.’ Aleksander Czarnowski, AVET.
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The programming of General-Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU) has become a common way to take advantage of the great power available on video cards. The programs, known as ‘shaders’, can be used to implement many things, including the decryption of arbitrary data - and now there is a virus that does exactly that. Peter Ferrie takes a close look at W32/Ogee.
Click fraud has been one of the biggest concerns for online advertisers for many years, and as researchers invest effort into developing pattern recognition and detection mechanisms to identify the fraudulent patterns, so the attackers tweak and evolve their click fraud methodologies. Wayne Low takes a look at the internal workings of the click fraud module of ZeroAccess.
The Pushdo botnet has been active in the wild since January 2007, with three main generations seen to date. Neo Tan and colleagues take an in-depth look at three different variants of a new, more advanced version of Pushdo’s second generation.
In the first and second parts of this series Aleksander Czarnowski covered the background information needed to understand the principles of ARM shellcoding and dissected some previously crafted shellcode. In this final part, he looks at some more advanced topics, including polymorphic shellcode and methods for its analysis.
The digitization of shopping and banking, the increasing use of social media, and the popularity of the Internet have made users more vulnerable to phishing, identity theft and other forms of online fraud. Bianca Dima and Alin Damian outline some subtle differences between two of the fastest growing online traps, phishing and fraud, and highlight some of the mechanisms that fool people into placing their sensitive data and money into the hands of the attackers.
This month's VB100 comparative on Windows XP brought something of a mixed bag, as several vendors appear to have decreased support for the platform in favour of the newer Windows 8. John Hawes has the full set of results.
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