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Dumb code – dumb idea

November 23rd, 2009 Comments off

I saw an article about this new technology that’s supposed to “stop computer viruses in their tracks.”  The idea is interesting, but overall I think it would be useful in only a very limited, focused application.  Things would get far too complicated, far too quickly, for it to be both successful and at all versatile.

So I think the fact that it’s being patented, and the fawning article in New Scientist, are laughable.  I was going to viciously mock them but it turns out David Harley beat me to it.  He added less sarcastic commentary here.

Categories: Malware

Mystery!

August 6th, 2009 2 comments

Studying for the CISSP exam makes me really bored, so here’s a whim I pursued.  I got a spam comment from the IP 93.185.199.117 .  Allowing a system to post spam comments on my blog constitutes consent for me to do whatever I want to the system, so here’s what I did.  First stop: DShield.  There were no other reports of activity from this IP, but the Whois info contained this:

organisation:   ORG-Cjc5-RIPE
org-name:       Closed joint-stock company "AVIEL"
org-type:       LIR
address:        CJSC "AVIEL"
                Vadim Maksimovskiy
                2, Sovetskaya str
                140108 Ramenskoye
                Russian Federation

OMG THE RUSSIANS ARE HACKING ME!  The next logical step was to run Nmap on it.  I just did an Aggressive scan (service detection on the 1,000 most common ports and whatnot).  The results were a little odd:

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Categories: Malware

Get-rich-now scheme!

March 25th, 2009 Comments off

I’ll make my billions by creating anti-virus software for home routers!

Categories: Malware