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Android malware creators throw up a roadblock to thwart the good guys

Emulation testbeds have been considered by security practitioners to be a useful tool to conduct operational security exercises and a variety of research. For almost as long, malware writers have sought to thwart such tools. SophosLabs has come across some fresh examples of this – specifically, anti-emulation Android malware. The findings are in a Sophos Blog write up by Android specialists Chen Yu, William Lee, Jagadeesh Chandraiah and Ferenc László Nagy. In it, they explain...

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How online gamers use malware to cheat

We typically think of malware as something used to steal data from corporations or knock down websites in politically motivated attacks. But if you’re a gamer, sometimes it’s simply a tool for winning. SophosLabs threat researcher Tamás Boczán has been studying this trend, and recently gave a talk about it at BSides Budapest. This article reviews his findings and offers us a chance to share some of his presentation slides. Anatomy of...

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What WikiLeaks’ massive CIA leak tells us about cybersecurity via Sophos Naked Security

Here we go again. In 2010, WikiLeaks published a disturbing heads-up video of US helicopters strafing “insurgents” who turned out to be Reuters journalists. Weeks later came Cablegate, a leak by Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning of 251,000 US diplomatic cables. By the time Edward Snowden’s name became famous in 2013, the mystique around US intelligence agencies was disappearing faster than the movie assassins who fancied a crack at killing Jason Bourne. Yesterday,...

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