May 2011 - Posts
The new IncognitoRAT botnet can attack both Windows and Mac operating systems using cross-platform attacks through Java VM capabilities.
IncognitoRAT - Java based Botnet
A further threat is cross-platform malware that can execute on Windows and Mac using Java; this type of malware can run in a multiplatform Java Virtual Machine. IncognitoRAT is one example of a Java-based Trojan discovered in the wild that is being downloaded and installed by another component. This malware behaves like other Windows botnets but uses source code and libraries that can operate on other platforms
The original propagation vector of IncognitoRAT is a Windows executable, but apparently it was created using the tool JarToExe, which includes, among other features, the ability to convert .jar files into .exe files, to add program icons and version information, and protect and encrypt Java programs. The victim’s machine has to have the Java Runtime Environment installed and must be online. As soon as the file is executed, it starts downloading a ZIP file with a pack of Java-based libraries to perform several remote activities:
- Java Registry Wrapper: Used to access the Windows Registry and create an entry in Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run to execute the malware every time the computer starts
- Java Remote Control: To view and take remote control (keyboard and mouse) of an infected machine
- JLayer – MP3 Library: To remotely play an MP3 file on the infected machine
- RNP-VideoPlayer: To play videos remotely
- JavaMail: Optional Java package to send stolen information to an email account
- Freedom for Media Java: Open-source alternative to the official Java Media Framework; used by the malware to watch and record images from a remote webcam
As a social networking environment, Facebook operates with a user friendly approach. A Disklike option is highly unlikely in the future. Users should avoid clicking on any link offering a Dislike feature as it may lead to malware infections.
Facebook - Avoid the Dislike button scam
QUOTE: Don't be too quick to click on links claiming to "Enable Dislike Button" on Facebook, as a fast-spreading scam has caused problems for social networking users this weekend. As we've explained before, there is no official dislike button provided by Facebook and there isn't ever likely to be. But it remains something that many Facebook users would like, and so scammers have often used the offer of a "Dislike button" as bait for the unwary.
Major news events are used to entice users into clicking on malicious links. Please avoid these links in Facebook, email, or as found in web searches.
Osama Malware Scams in Facebook and website links
Microsoft Sysinterals provides excellent research tools to analyze system tasks and processes. Recent updates have been published.
Microsoft Sysinterals Update
Microsoft Sysinterals Home Page
QUOTE: We have received notification that Sysinternals has had some updates. One in particular that is a favorite among handlers is Process Explorer. Process Explorer v14.11 includes the ability to configure network and disk activity icons in the tray.
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