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Reviews & Awards [Jan, 27, 2015]

Emsisoft Receives “Top Rated” Certification from AV-Comparatives

Emsisoft received five advanced+ awards at AV-Comparatives last year, which means we are “top rated”. The new Emsisoft v9 user interface also seems to be getting some appreciation.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Jan, 26, 2015]

China capable of massive DDoS attacks

China has been known for its involvement in such attacks in the past as well. Hopefully this will not be a regularity in the future.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Jan, 13, 2015]

North Korea’s official news site delivers malware

Hackers use the “watering hole” technique in order to steal passwords. The malware still have security researchers scratching their heads on what else it can do.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Jan, 8, 2015]

Spam email Emotet steals bank account credentials from German language users

The spam emails try to lure users with misleading, fake invoices from banks, telephone companies and even PayPal in order to steal bank account credentials.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Jan, 7, 2015]

Updated ‘Cryptowall 2.0′ Targets Windows Using the TOR Network

Ransomware ‘Cryptowall 2.0′ is using the TOR network to mask its tracks. It encrypts users data and asks for ransom in return for the key to unencrypt the data.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Jan, 4, 2015]

Spam email delivers Microsoft Office macro trojan malware

Microsoft warns that hackers are using email to phish for users to turn on the macro features in Microsoft Office in order to install malware.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Jan, 2, 2015]

Got a new Android for the Holidays? Malware may have come with it

It has been discovered that a Chinese smartphone company by the name of Coolpad has loaded Android phones with malware that steals information, installs apps and can disable system features.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Dec, 31, 2014]

Steam Chat malware steals financial information with one-click

Hackers are using the Steam Chat room to spread dangerous malware by sending hyperlinks that appear to come from a trusted friend.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Dec, 30, 2014]

Hackers use AirAsia flight disaster to phish and spread malware

Hackers lure social media users into clicking on appealing news headlines that lead to sites with malware and malicious files.

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Emsisoft News, Reviews & Awards [Dec, 24, 2014]

Emsisoft Anti-Malware for Server wins VB100 Award with 100% Detection Rate

Emsisoft Anti-Malware for Server detected all malware and received the highest award that Virus Bulletin offers.

Emsisoft Lab [Sep, 10, 2013]

CryptoLocker – a new ransomware variant

Over the past few days Emsisoft’s malware research team has received numerous reports of a new file encrypting ransomware strain. This new family of ransomware is commonly referred to as CryptoLocker or Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A. Like all file encrypting ransomware (also known as crypto malware) the goal of the attacker is to encrypt important files on the […]

Emsisoft Lab [Apr, 25, 2013]

New Skype scam uses chat bots: Fake webcam girls want your credit card information

Have you ever received a contact request on Skype from someone you don’t know? This may happen from time to time, particularly if your Skype name is publically searchable. But what is really behind these contact requests and why do people bother? To find that out we played along and the following conversation ensued: At […]

Emsisoft Lab [Mar, 15, 2013]

Security advice: Be careful when using Java

Java is installed on almost all computers. This is an obvious security risk, considering that there are regular announcements on new Java vulnerabilities that enable hackers to infect your PC with malware. However, most users don’t even need Java and can safely uninstall it without losing needed functionality. Keep reading to learn all you need […]

Alerts & Outbreaks, Security Knowledge [Jan, 25, 2013]

Ransomware – The no. 1 threat for 2013

  “Your computer is blocked!” – Not something you enjoy seeing when using it. Unfortunately thousands of PC users worldwide find themselves in a situation where, all of a sudden their computer is unusable unless they pay a fee to unlock it. The FBI or a similar national law enforcement organization seems to claim that […]

Emsisoft Lab [Jan, 21, 2013]

LINKEDIN – connecting to… ZeuS?

Last week, a new zero-day Java vulnerability created quite a buzz on the Internet. To illustrate just how effectively this vulnerability is exploited, lets have a look at an email our research lab received, supposedly from LinkedIn. Below you can see the email as we received it. It looks harmless enough and appears to be […]

Security Knowledge [Nov, 26, 2012]

Buzz word: “cloud anti-virus” – what is it all about?

“Cloud” is definitely one of the IT sector’s most popular marketing words of recent years. The virtual clouds promise you easy and mobile access to data and services. The anti-virus sector has also come to use this technology. Fast scans and very low resource usage are clear advantages of cloud-based scanners. But, as usual, there […]

Emsisoft Lab [Oct, 2, 2010]

New age of Social (Network+Engineer)ing

Social Networking has really taken off in the last couple of years, and websites related to the same are experiencing big time hits all around the world. Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, and then there is Vkontakte (Vk.com for English speaking users), each having millions of users registered and thus huge targets for malware authors. The more […]

Emsisoft Lab [Sep, 15, 2010]

Here You Have. – An analysis

In the security and malware research space, every now and then there comes something which suddenly becomes widespread and raises eyebrows all around. The latest “Here You have” related worm is one such incident and we thought to share with end-users our findings and also make them aware of its capabilities and technicalities. Emsisoft Anti-Malware […]