14 Household Ways To Protect Your Computer From Viruses

Computer viruses are deadly. They often spread without any apparent contact and can be a nuisance, or even worse, fatal to your computer. Individuals who create these viruses, estimated at 10-15 new ones a day, are the electronic version of terrorists. Their goal is to inflict havoc and destruction on as many people as possible by disabling, stealing, damaging, or destroying computer and information resources. Often, they have no specific target in mind, so no one is safe. If you access the internet, share files or your computer with others, or load anything from diskettes, CDs, or DVDs onto your computer, you are vulnerable to viruses.

A Quick Behavioral Analysis of the Petya Ransomware Threat

With the recent spread of Petya across corporate networks (even after WannaCry) here is a quick behavioral analysis of how Petya infects, propagates and encrypts a targets hard disk.

Zomato's 17 million user accounts compromised

TripWire's reporter Graham Cluley has written a blog concerning the recent theft of 17 million user accounts from the popular social networking powered website Zomato. Contained within the database information were the names, email addresses and one-way hashes of passwords. The theft however was not detected until after the information was reported to be placed up for sale on the dark web.

WannaCry 2.0 is spreading... without a killswitch

Kaspersky have just released word that a second version of WannaCrypt (which appears to have been hexadecimally edited) with the killswitch removed, has been spreading across the Internet. The existing SMB exploit is still in place, as is the cryptolocker. Thankfully there are some mitigations to the current threat of parallel (or network infection), although those who choose to open the emails are still vulnerable.

Why WannaCrypt’s May 2017 campaign was (likely) only an amateur hour occurrence…

In May 2017 a particularly nasty piece of malware (WannaCrypt) was distributed through crafty email campaigns which were aimed at several organisations within Russia, United Kingdom and parts of Europe. WannaCrypt is aimed at infecting Windows computers with a payload that exploits a vulnerability which was disclosed within the National Security Agency hacking toolset leak. Due to this NSA leak the veritable NSA toolset was available for inspection and use by anyone on the Internet.

Wannacrypt halted by domain registration

A variant of cryptolocker payload attached to a spear fishing campaign had begun propagating across the Internet on May 12th, 2017. The malware payload appears to have been targetting an already patched vulnerability, except in this campaign a great deal of unpatched systems had been identified and affected.

Why the Roadshow Films win in Aust. Federal Court is a waste of time....

Today the Australian Federal Court has ruled in favour of Roadshow Films Pty Ltd to implement blocking (within the next 15 days) to the following websites: solarmovie.is, solarmovie.com, solarmovie.eu, and solarmovie.ph. Specifically the order requires the implementation of DNS Blocking, which in the court's own words means: "a system by which any user of a respondent’s service who attempts to use a DNS resolver that is operated by or on behalf of that respondent to access a Target Online Location is prevented from receiving a DNS response other than a redirection". So why am I saying that this method is a waste of time?

Face The Music - A Documentary About Music Piracy

An interesting interview from musicians and producers on their thoughts about music piracy.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Census vs. Stress Testing

According to the AusTenders site, and filtering by department for Australian Bureau of Statistics, and looking for contracts signed from January 2015 onwards.... An estimated $4,812,088.16 was spent on server infrastructure and network equipment specifically reported as being acquired 'for Census'.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Census crashes due to DDoS. But why?

So naturally when Census goes belly up within a few hours of launch it becomes the brunt of all jokes. From memory, the websites of some music festivals managed to stay up longer than the Census did. But let's be fair here, they were attacked by at least 4 DDoS campaigns throughout the opening night.