Malware targeted at Syrian activists can operate webcam, disable AV, keylog, steal passwords

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9 Responses to “Malware targeted at Syrian activists can operate webcam, disable AV, keylog, steal passwords”

  1. And yet STILL the default behavior for Windows is to hide file extensions. Yeesh.

    • Kimmo says:

       Thankfully, changing that option is the first step in a zillion how-tos of almost any kind relating to files…

      A small part of me feels like anyone who doesn’t know what a file extension is in 2012 is pretty much digital cannon fodder anyway…

    • Ant says:

      Macs do this too. :(

  2. Justin L says:

    Pro-Tip: If Windows says something with a PDF icon is a screen saver then it prolly isn’t a PDF.

    And yeah, windows should stop hiding file extensions by default. Not that I think it would make much difference…

  3. henrygee001 says:

    hola, this is so true.

  4. spejic says:

    I agree about the stupidity of not seeing extensions given Windows uses that information for its behavior. But in most Explorer views, you can still see this is a screen saver, not a data file, and screen savers are frequent vectors of malware.  What people need to know are the types of files Windows treats as programs besides the common .exe.

  5. Ipo says:

    I guess Syrian  activists would be better off using Anonymous-OS. 

  6. catherinecc says:

    Hmm, IP address is known? Perhaps a nice and happy target for a ddos…

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