About two weeks ago, a posting on the Full Disclosure Mailing List announced a new Linux rootkit.
Indeed, the posting didn't just announce the malware, but included a fully-working sample...
A paper on "Frankenware" presented at a recent USENIX conference offers to help you build new malware entirely out of code sequences which already appear on your victim's computer.
Of course, this raises the question, "Why bother?"
Flaming Retort is back, this time trying to Coole and Explayne the flames we've had from some Mac users in the past few days.
In a back-to-front way of making Mac fans feel better, I'll start by making everyone feel slightly worse, taking a small potshot at Windows, OS X and Linux fans alike.
Smoke and fire certainly make good hacking headlines.
But there's a lot more to the flaming war of words between Columbia University and HP than potential pyro printer problems.
Paul Ducklin weighs into the debate.
I keep getting asked what my attitude is to hacktivism, hacking and hackers.
I usually answer by saying, "What do you mean by hacktivism?" And the answer is frequently, and impassably, circular. "Y'know - all that hacking that hacktivists are doing these days."
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.