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A selection of the icons used by malware distributed via spam (either as a .zip attachment or as a link to a downloadable .zip file). All of these are presented to the potential victim as some sort of sales or shipment record, hence the use of (low-quality) PDF or Word document icons.
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The past month, I've been more busy chasing down novel malware and interesting attacks than I have been for a while. The post below summarizes just a few of the attacks, and payloads they delivered, that ran in our lab during the month of 0day...I mean, September. I'll also be talking about these and other attacks in more depth in Los Angeles on Tuesday - see j.mp/2020visibility for more details and registration info for this free event.
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"Tarzan-grade sentence structure" had me ROFL. :)
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I've been monitoring an email-borne infection for the better part of a week. I just completed a writeup about it. There's something slightly more sinister than normal about a Trojan that uses the domain "loadmetoday-dot-com" (modified to remove G+'s stupid automatic hotlinking) for its command-and-control server. It's like it's taunting me. The story is at http://j.mp/ukspamworm  
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waiting for obama
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you rode all the way to afghanistan?
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Finland is being terrorized by an outbreak of localized ransomware malware Trojans, which urge victims to purchase something called a "Paysafecard" as penance for their alleged transgressions. Seriously, who falls for this $h14?

If you are unlucky enough to receive one of these Finnish spams, remember: It's not from the Poliisi -- Don't buy a Paysafecard. Duh.
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Yes, in fact, the sun has been trying to kill us all this week.

Tonight, if you look up in the sky in the northern parts of the US, and it's dark enough, you might get to see a rare aurora.

All if this comes as a result of the ongoing solar storm that keeps spewing enormous bursts of hazardous highly charged gases, filled with destructive, high energy particles that pose hazards to human health and wreak havoc on the energy grid, communications networks, and the environment---just like the Republican presidential contenders. http://j.mp/auroramap
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Just finished a new research project, which I started in the middle of another one, and I'd like to share it with you. The story is at the Solera blog, and it's one that brings me back to my southern CA roots and my history as an obsessive videogame player.

Social Attack on Gamers Leads to a Drive-By Diab-load
http://j.mp/diab-load
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Russian bad guys begin using a new Java exploit in their malware campaigns, but remain stubbornly inept at writing a complete sentence in English.
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The past two days, I was at training held by the Honeynet Project at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. I got an interesting taste of company culture that was still hanging on the walls in their now-abandoned Palo Alto offices.
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I love the "No Running" sign -- that really levels the spike of cheesiness.
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Unexpectedly powerful random post.
 
In my job as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, I often reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and how best to educate people about it to prevent such genocides from happening again. I often talk about the good people, the righteous among us, who saved people like my father, often at great peril to themselves. When I think of these righteous people, I often think of the nuns who sheltered children, of the urban Parisian families who hid their neighbors, or the farmhands in Poland whose sheds became shelters from the gas chambers. And I always tell people about Albania -- a country whose entire government and society were righteous, saving all of the Jews within their midst. Drita Veseli, an Albanian Muslim who sheltered Jews during World War II, once said, "There are no foreigners in Albania, there are only guests."
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Sensible ruling that, unfortunately, will be a target for appeal.
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Director of Threat Research for Solera Networks, freelance tech journalist
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    Director of Threat Research, 2011 - present
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    Lead Threat Research Analyst, 2006 - 2011
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    Senior Associate Editor, 1997 - 2005
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Director of Threat Research for Solera networks, tech journalist, privacy gadfly
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Andrew Brandt is an information security expert and award-winning journalist who works in both fields. He currently serves as the Director of Threat Research for Solera Networks, studying and publishing the details of Internet attack and malware trends to the company blog, at http://blog.soleranetworks.com
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