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From the Labs: VBA is definitely not dead - in fact, it's undergoing a resurgence

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Our most recent detection statistics show that using Visual Basic code in malicious documents is a trend on the rise. So why have malware authors turned to Visual Basic to do their bidding?

Duping the machine - the cunning malware that throws off researchers

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Traditionally, when malware detects that it is not running in a genuine victim setting, it will simply exit immediately. But there's a certain subset of malware families that are more cunning when they detect an analysis environment...

From the Labs: PlugX - the next generation

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In this new paper from SophosLabs, Principal Researcher Gabor Szappanos takes a look into a new variation of the PlugX malware.

On the trail of Advanced Persistent Threats...

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SophosLabs expert Gabor Szappanos has written a highly-recommended report entitled "Advanced Persistent Threats - the new normal?"

Szappi explains how exploits once seen only in APTs are appearing ever more widely in money-making malware, and why that puts us all at ever greater risk.

Sophos scavenger hunt - test your security knowledge and win a T-shirt

Scavenger hunt

It's that time of year again - can you find the answers hidden within the Threat Report?

Who is SophosLabs: Vincent Lynch, Senior Threat Researcher

Who is SophosLabs: Vincent Lynch

SophosLabs is at the center of Sophos. It's the place where highly skilled experts in the field work round the clock to build protection from the latest threats. But what sort of people work there?

Who is SophosLabs: Rowland Yu

Who is SophosLabs

In our latest look at the people behind SophosLabs, we talk to Rowland Yu about his recommendations for those trying to get into computer security, his favorite book and how he's great at cooking chinese food.

Who is SophosLabs: Peter Szabo, Senior Threat Researcher

Who is SophosLabs

In our latest delve into the minds behind SophosLabs, Peter Szabo talks about how the problem with malware isn't going away any time soon. He also reveals that he's a "digital hermit" and stays far far away from Facebook.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Who is SophosLabs: James Wyke, Senior Threat Researcher

Who is SophosLabs

In the third post in our ‘Who is SophosLabs’ series, threat researcher James Wyke discusses the challenge of securing a mobile distributed workforce and his tips on how to stay safe online. We think he's joking about living in a bunker...

The PlugX malware factory revisited: introducing "Smoaler"

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Popular SophosLabs writer Gabor Szappanos is back with more insights into the Tibetan-themed Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) scene.

This time, he looks at Smoaler, a new cousin of the PlugX family that starts off like what we've seen before, before branching off in new ways.

Monday review - the hot 15 stories of the week

Monday review

Missed anything last week? Catch up with everything we talked about with this handy weekly roundup.

Who is SophosLabs: Joanne Garvey, Threat Researcher

Who is SophosLabs

In the second post in our ‘Who is SophosLabs’ series, threat researcher Joanne Garvey reveals how she protects her information online, why she has no time for hobbies, and her fascination with chaos theory.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Did you miss anything in the past week?

Here's a recap of the hot 22 stories of the past seven days, so you can catch up quickly!

Who is SophosLabs: Numaan Huq, Threat Researcher

Who is SophosLabs

SophosLabs is at the centre of Sophos. It's where highly skilled analysts work round the clock to build protection from the latest threats. But what kind of people work there?

Monday review - the hot 16 stories of the week

Monday review

Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Small businesses beware! Point-of-sale malware is after you

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Malware targeting point-of-sale (POS) systems has been a major trend for the last six months. With easy pickings to be had from mom-and-pop shops, this pattern is only going to grow until people start fighting back with better system security, and ideally better payment card systems.

Virus Bulletin's Technical Director John Hawes takes a look....

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Get up to date with everything we wrote in the past seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Spicing up phishing attacks

Spicing up phishing attacks

Phishing is often regarded as old hat. From a technical perspective, it's a case of 'been there, done that'. Sometimes however, we come across attacks that are just a little bit more interesting (or at least different) from the norm.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

It's weekly roundup time. Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.