Skip to main content

Cyber Police Pursue Shylock Malware

International law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the German Federal Police and Europol, are leading a global campaign with the aim to knock out the Shylock malware. The latter infected at least 30,000 computers running Windows across the globe and siphon off money from victims’ online banking accounts. The agencies located and seized command and control servers for Shylock. The malware was dubbed “Shylock”, because quotes from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice were found in its code.
The website domains used to control the malicious software were also shut down, and the global cyber police met a few days ago in the operational centre at the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol in The Hague. Their representatives say they continue to urge everyone to make sure their OS and anti-virus software are updated and relevant.
Most victims of the malware were based in the United Kingdom. Users in the United States, Italy and Turkey have also suffered from the malware, which emerged in late 2011. The intruders spread the malware by sending out links leading to downloads of the malware via email or Skype.

Once installed, the malware would detect when a victim was visiting a banking page, create its fake login sections and steal banking logins. The data would be sent to the criminals, and they would later steal money from the bank accounts. The malware could also take screenshots and record videos of web pages and upload all data to the Internet.

Dell SecureWorks ranked Shylock as one of the top banking malware types of last year. The company, alongside anti-virus provider Kaspersky, assisted the police operation. Security experts say that users who have automated updating for their Windows computers switched on don’t need to do anything, because this will fix any problems for machines infected with the malware. If you are concerned about your computer being infected with the malware, you can head to Microsoft’s support page to know more about what to do with Shylock.

According to the report of the security experts, they expect to see a significant number of infected computers to be cleaned of Shylock after the users automate their operating system update. Unfortunately, they say nothing about Windows XP users, as support of their version has ended a few months ago. Perhaps, those should consider spending money on new OS or a new computer instead of handing it over to the hackers.


Popular posts from this blog

Ten Important Rules Of Ethical Hacking

The world of ethical hacking too is bound by a set of rules and principles, here are 10 crucial ones!

Time and again we have been bringing you valuable resources on ethical hacking since we know and understand the nature of things as far as security goes. Ethical hacking is picking up steam each day with more and more organisations spending heftily to maintain the sanctity of their systems and data. As such, ethical hacking is a glorious career option in the current scheme of things.

1.Set your goals straight

To begin with, an ethical hacker must start thinking like the intruder. He must be able to identify the loopholes on the target access points or networks that are prone to attack, he must be aware of the repercussions of these loopholes and how the intruder can use it against the same. An ethical hacker then has to find out if anyone at the target notice the intruder's attempts to carry out his/her acts. Finding out and eliminating unauthorised wireless access points is always t…

Here Are 7 Brilliant Cheat Sheets For Linux/Unix

There's nothing better than a cheatsheet when you are stuck and need a reference. So here bringing to you 7 brilliant free cheat sheets. 

1. Unix Tool Box: An incredibly exhaustive reference for all things Linux. This document is a collection of Unix/Linux/BSD commands and tasks which are useful for IT work or for advanced users.

2. One page Linux Manual: Great one page reference to the most popular Linux commands, it is a summary of useful Linux commands.

3. Linux Reference Card: One great reference published by FOSSwire.

4. Linux Command Line Cheat Sheet: This is an interestingly sorted and helpful cheat sheet by cheatography.

5. Linux Command Line Tips: This is a linux command line reference for common operations. Cleanly sorted and well described.

6. Treebeard’s Unix Cheat Sheet: A great reference that shows command comparisons with that of DOS. So if you are someone who was a DOS user and has switched to Linux, this is the best one too have!

7. Linux Shortcuts and Commands:…

Extracting Administrator Passwords Using LCP

Extracting Administrator Passwords Using LCP
Link Control Protocol (LCP) is part of the Point-to-Point (PPP) protocol In PPP communications, both the sending and receiving devices send out LCP packets to determine specific information required for data transmission.
■ Use an LCP tool ■ Crack administrator passwords
Tools Needed
■ A computer running Windows Server 2012 ■ A web browser with an Internet connection ■ Administrative privileges to run tools
■ You can also download the latest version of LCP from the link http: /
■ If you decide to download the latest version, then screenshots shown     might differ ■ Follow the wizard driven installation instructions ■ Run this tool in Windows Server 2012 ■ Administrative privileges to run tools ■ TCP/IP settings correctly configured and an accessible DNS server
Overview of LCP
LCP program mainly audits user account passwords and recovers them in Windows 2008 and 2003. General features of this protocol are password recovery, bru…