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 Mar 19, 2012 - 06:03 PM - by Michael
* Newer, Crazier Malware

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The next level of Malware: Java drive-bys that only live in RAM.
The Java exploit's payload consisted of a rogue DLL (dynamic-link library) that was loaded and attached on the fly to the legitimate Java process. This type of malware is rare, because it dies when the system is rebooted and the memory is cleared. However, this wasn't a problem for the cybercriminals behind this particular attack, because of the very high probability that most victims would revisit the infected news websites, Golovanov said. The malicious DLL loaded into memory acted as a bot, sending data to and receiving instructions from a command and control server over HTTP. In some cases, the instructions given out by attackers were to install an online banking Trojan horse on the compromised computers.
And since many people hate to reboot their computers, this could live for days on one machine alone. Truly insidious.
 

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