mr. robot


A new ransomware variant, named “Fsociety Locker” (“Fsociety ALpha 1.0”), showed up recently seeking a place in the threat marketplace. The authors of this malware must be “Mr. Robot” fans, as the name “Fsociety” refers to the fictional group of hackers in that show. This new ransomware variant is one of the very few examples of Python-based ransomware in the wild. Python is typically considered to be a fast, easy language to code in, so this maybe the start of a new malware trend.  In this... [Read More]
by RSS Sarah (Qi) Wu and He Xu  |  Sep 01, 2016  |  Filed in: Security Research
[Editor's Note: If you haven't yet watched the season finale of Mr. Robot, there are some spoilers here. It's not a recap and it won't ruin the whole episode, but you might want to watch it first before you keep reading.] Within the first four minutes of last night's Mr. Robot finale (postponed from last week because of sensitivity to the on-air shooting in Virginia), we saw a character who's life had been destroyed by the Ashley Madison data dump and heard how astoundingly difficult it is to prosecute computer... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Sep 03, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
I just finished watching the first episode of Mr. Robot, the new show on USA Network about “a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night...recruited by a mysterious underground group to destroy the firm he's paid to protect”. Let’s just get this out of the way upfront: It’s a great show. It’s good television in its own right, but the real genius is in the way it doesn’t bother dumbing down the geek-speak for the sake of viewers who aren’t nerds looking for something to fill the void... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jun 25, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News