Researchers discover advanced cyber-espionage malware

It eluded detection for at least five years.

Both Kaspersky and Symantec have unearthed a new type of malware so advanced, they believe it could have links to a country’s intelligence agency. They’re calling it “Remsec,” “Strider” (Aragorn’s nickname in LOTR) and “ProjectSauron,” because it has several references to the Necromancer in Tolkien’s series. According to Symantec, it has been used for what could be state-sponsored attacks to infiltrate 36 computers across at least seven organizations around the world since 2011. Its targets include several individuals in Russia, a Chinese airline, an unnamed organization in Sweden and an embassy in Belgium. Kaspersky says you can add various scientific research centers, military installations, telecommunications companies and financial institutions to that list.

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Nigerian email scammer stung by his own malware

The rise in ‘wire-wire’ scams has led the FBI to issue a warning.

With more and more internet users now wise to email scams, scammers are utilizing increasingly advanced techniques to stay one step ahead of their targets. A pair of researchers recently stumbled on a new a “wire-wire” technique that earned a 30-strong group of Nigerian scammers as much as $3 million a year, at least until one prominent member accidentally infected himself with his own malware.

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