The Internet threat alert status is currently normal. At present, no major epidemics or other serious incidents have been recorded by Kaspersky Lab’s monitoring service. Internet threat level: 1
January 2013

Jan 24 2013

Spam in December 2012

The percentage of spam in email traffic was up 3.1 percentage points from November and averaged 66%.

Jan 21 2013

Kaspersky Security Bulletin: Spam Evolution 2012

The amount of spam fell throughout the course of the entire year. At the close of 2012, the percentage of spam settled at 72.1%, or 8.2% less than in 2011.

Jan 17 2013

“Red October”. Detailed Malware Description 1. First Stage of Attack

Based on the analysis of known cases, we identified two main ways through which Backdoor.Win32.Sputnik infects the victims

Jan 17 2013

“Red October”. Detailed Malware Description 2. Second Stage of Attack

Most of the tasks are provided as one-time PE DLL libraries that are received from the server, executed in memory and then immediately discarded

Jan 17 2013

“Red October”. Detailed Malware Description 3. Second Stage of Attack

The packer disrupts basic software breakpoints and some api hooking techniques, because it decrypts the original exe’s section contents onto heaps in-memory

Jan 17 2013

“Red October”. Detailed Malware Description 4. Second Stage of Attack

Files with the extension ".bak" are treated differently. They are decrypted using a custom AMPRNG algorithm with a hardcoded key, then decompressed using LZMA

Jan 17 2013

“Red October”. Detailed Malware Description 5. Second Stage of Attack

In the Device notification callback function, the module logs each connection and disconnection event. When a device is connected, it starts a new thread that manipulates this device

Jan 14 2013

"Red October" Diplomatic Cyber Attacks Investigation

In October 2012, Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team initiated a new threat research after a series of attacks against computer networks of various international diplomatic service agencies

Jan 10 2013

Your Nigerian inheritance is waiting!

An online friend of mine from a small Siberian town recently posted on her blog about how her mother fell for a scam and lost the family savings in hopes of getting some nonexistent inheritance from Africa.