Tag: malware

Tech Time Warp: Computer users smell a RAT

Tech Time Warp: Computer users smell a RAT

The tech acronym “RAT” has two meanings: “remote administration tool,” or the software your friendly network administrator uses to install software or troubleshoot your computer issues, and “remote access trojan,” or the malware a nefarious individual uses to wreak havoc...

/ June 3, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The Love Bug Bites

Tech Time Warp: The Love Bug Bites

One might say more than 3 million computer users had a bad date on May 4, 2000. In this week’s edition of Tech Time Warp, we’re going back to the day those users downloaded the ILOVEYOU virus, a Visual Basic...

/ May 6, 2022
MSPs are now defending businesses during a global cyberwar

MSPs are now defending businesses during a global cyberwar

In the past week managed service providers (MSPs) have probably had some of the most meaningful conversations about cybersecurity in recent memory. Organizations of all sizes now implicitly realize how easily they might be affected as all sides in the...

/ March 3, 2022
Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: “Wiper” malware emerges amid Russia-Ukraine conflict

Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: “Wiper” malware emerges amid Russia-Ukraine conflict

Amid the escalating geopolitical conflict between Russia and Ukraine, multiple Ukrainian organizations have fallen victim to a destructive “wiper” malware operation that damages a system’s master boot record (MBR) and destroys the contents of targeted files. These attacks are ongoing,...

/ February 25, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Hungarian hacker attempts to extort a job

Tech Time Warp: Hungarian hacker attempts to extort a job

Most people seeking employment dust off their resumes, respond to listings on Indeed, and wait to be called in for interviews. But, the subject of this week’s Tech Time warp, the Hungarian hacker Attila Nemeth, took a more colorful approach.

/ February 4, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Santy worm brings unwelcome gifts

Tech Time Warp: Santy worm brings unwelcome gifts

Network administrators had to deal with an unfriendly visitor during the 2004 holiday season: the Santy worm. Written in Perl, this malware targeted servers that hosted online bulletin boards running on the free phpBB software.

/ December 23, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Zeus, Ruler of Malware?

Tech Time Warp: Zeus, Ruler of Malware?

The Zeus malware, like its Greek god namesake, is a powerful and virile Trojan malware. Since it first surfaced in July 2007 in an attack on the U.S. Department of Transportation, Zeus, aka Zbot, and its variants have wreaked havoc on the...

/ July 30, 2021
Silver Sparrow malware comes home to roost in Macs

Silver Sparrow malware comes home to roost in Macs

Something unusual has made news recently: Mac malware. The usually highly fortified – and pricier – Mac OS is much less prone to malware intrusions. But the discovery of Silver Sparrow malware, a malware that runs on both Intel and...

/ March 8, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Torpig malware collects stolen financial data

Tech Time Warp: Torpig malware collects stolen financial data

Once upon a time, you could avoid malware by staying away from “seedy” websites. But the Torpig botnet—aka Sinowal, aka Mebroot—proved that even reputable business websites could be compromised and refer traffic to malicious download sites. First spotted in late...

/ March 5, 2021
Tech Time Warp: The brothers behind the “Brain” PC virus

Tech Time Warp: The brothers behind the “Brain” PC virus

Over the years, the motives for malware creation have ranged from simple curiosity to monetary gain. In the case of the Alvi brothers from Pakistan, it was revenge, dished up on a floppy disk.

/ January 1, 2021