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Skype protocol cracked - what happens next?

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A chap by the name of Efim Bushmanov has just published a claim that he has reverse-engineered the Skype protocol.

But how did he do it? And will the lawyers take it from here?

FLAMING RETORT: Cooling the friction when Linux meets anti-virus

FLAMING RETORT

Welcome to the first installment of a brand new Naked Security column, Flaming Retort!

This week, Sophos Voice of Reason Paul Ducklin soothes the friction which seems to warm things up whenever Linux meets anti-virus.

New variant of cross-platform Boonana malware discovered

Cross-platform malware attack strikes again

Mac user? Windows user? It doesn't really matter when it comes to cross-platform malware. A new version of the Boonana Trojan horse has been discovered.

VIDEO: Cross-platform malware runs on Windows, Mac and Linux

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Watch a video of the Boonana malware as it infects on Windows, Mac and Ubuntu Linux via a malicious Java applet.

Cross-platform Boonana Trojan targets Facebook users

Cross-platform malware spreads via Facebook

The Boonana malware targets Mac OS X, Linux and Windows, and is being spread via Facebook. Don't think you're immune from attacks just because you don't run Windows..

PerlBot: A reason to run anti-virus on Linux?

PerlBot: A reason to run anti-virus on Linux?

This morning I noticed that SANS were talking about a Perl bot that has been reported on various Unix systems. I went looking for this file and noticed that a colleague had already updated the identity for Mal/PerlBot-A to detect Read more…

Linux Trojan rears its ugly head

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Next to OS X users, Linux users are the most arrogant in their perception that they are immune to malware infections. Unfortunately for them, this morning the administrators of UnrealIRCd.com had to post that their Unix/Linux source code had been Read more…

CanSecWest 2010 day 3 summary

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The conference has now drawn to a close and Michael Argast and I have made CanSecWest this week's podcast topic. Our weekly podcasts have been going well so far and I would like to thank our editor/producer Maria Varmazis for Read more…

CanSecWest 2010 day 2 summary

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The second day of CanSecWest was a beautiful day in Vancouver. The day was full of information-packed sessions and anticipation for the evening dinner party reception. "SEH overwrite and its exploitability - Shuichiro Suzuki" Shuichiro, who works for Forteenforty, demonstrated Read more…

CanSecWest 2010 Day 1

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As a Vancouverite it always seemed to be a bit of a shame that I have never attended a CanSecWest conference. This year I am here, the 11th annual CanSecWest conference, and I would like to thank Dragos Ruiu for Read more…

Sophos wins VB100 award for SUSE Linux protection

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The latest edition of Virus Bulletin magazine has tested a slew of Linux anti-virus products. Symantec and McAfee were amongst the security vendors who opted not to participate in the test, leaving some nine products in the running. Just as Read more…

Protect your web assets - Is Linux still safe?

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The Register is reporting today that Linux servers have been recruited into a botnet. In May we saw TROJ/JSRedir-R and many variants thereof attacking web servers. Last November SophosLabs reported that after more than six years there are still over Read more…

Linux/Rst-B - very much alive and kicking

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Last month a snippet of our Linux malware research was published in Virus Bulletin. Virus Bulletin is the de facto anti-malware publication but is only available via subscription. With their permission, we decided to republish some of the results here. Read more…

Botnets, a free tool and 6 years of Linux/Rst-B

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I have mentioned before that we regularly see Linux malware infected with an old Linux virus, Linux/Rst-B. It is 6 years to the day when we first saw Linux/Rst-B and despite reputable anti-virus solutions having being able to detect it since then, we keep seeing Read more…