Explained: Domain Generating Algorithm

Domain Generating Algorithms are in use by cyber criminals to prevent their servers from being blacklisted or taken down. The algorithm produces random looking domain names. The idea is that two machines using the same algorithm will contact the same domain at a given time.

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Forced into installing a Chrome extension

We have found several sites created for the sole purpose of attempting to force users to install a Chrome extension. These sites are usually redirects from domains that offer cracks, keygens, and adult entertainment.

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Configuring the Windows firewall

While the built-in Windows firewall may offer adequate protection, this is only true if you check the settings on a regular basis, and certainly immediately after removing an infection.

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Fake pharma sites are getting even more obnoxious

Recently, we have noticed that pharma sites seem to have discovered the use of JavaScript to change the “Stay or Leave” messages that you see, when you try to close or leave their sites.

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Get your RAT on Pastebin

A dropper we analyzed downloaded the code for part of its payload from Pastebin on the fly. The payload turned out to be a RAT with keylogging capabilities.

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