Everyone complains about email. We’re awash in the stuff. We feel inundated. Overwhelmed. Out of control.
Lately there’s been quite a lot of talk about what to do about it. Jordan Crook hates it, MG Siegler tried to quit it, and Alan Henry argues you can’t. People want Gmail to speed up, Yahoo! to catch up, or, someone, anyone, to make something better. While everyone seems to agree that email is broken, no one seems sure how to fix it.
What makes email suck? It turns out the email “problem” is actually several issues smashed together into a ménage of anxiety and pain. As a former boss of mine used to say, “It’s a real poop sandwich” (only he didn’t use the word “poop”).
What appears to be a targeted attack campaign against several high value industries is using a trojan that employs rigged PDFs to deliver its payload. Targeting organizations in the defense, chemical, technology, and aerospace industries, the MyAgent trojan is primarily spreading through email as a zipped .exe file or PDF attachment, according to researchers at the FireEye Malware Intelligence Lab. FireEye examined a sample of MyAgent that, once executed, opens a PDF file titled ―Health Insurance and Welfare Policy‖ and then drops a second executable, titled ―ABODE32.exe,‖ in the temp directory, they say in their report. FireEye notes the ―ABODE32.exe‖ executable accesses Windows Protected Storage, which holds the passwords for Internet Explorer, Outlook, and other applications.
The systems of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia‘s national oil company, were breached by hackers who managed to plant a virus in the organization‘s networks. On August 15 an official at Saudi Aramco confirmed that the company has isolated all its electronic systems from outside access as an early precautionary measure that was taken following a sudden disruption that affected some of the sectors of its electronic network, the firm‘s representatives stated. The disruption was suspected to be the result of a virus that had infected personal workstations without affecting the primary components of the network. They claim the incident was contained, without having any impact on the company‘s production operations. However, one of the hacker groups that took credit for the breach (at least two collectives claimed to be behind the attack) said the virus caused serious damage to Saudi Aramco‘s infrastructure. They claimed to have destroyed‖ 30,000 computers owned by the organization. They stated a large amount of sensitive information was stolen.