Seeing rash of new "fax" malware spams lately

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On Fri, 04 Apr 2014, Dustin wrote to All:

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 D> The antivirus/antimalware community didn't fail anyone, actually.  
 D> Some  people are smart enough to realize that av/am products are  
 D> retro active in  nature; they can't detect what they don't know  
 D> about. This isn't rocket  science, it's just the way things are.  
 D> It's trivial to write malware that  will evade ALL scanners. Scary  
 D> thought eh? Well, most people won't dedicate  the time to learn.

i wonder if any of them will detect an original "stoned" or "dark avenger"
infestation these days? ;) O:)

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Re: Seeing rash of new "fax" malware spams lately

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On Sun, 06 Apr 2014, ~BD~ wrote to All:

 ~BD~> So, I'll ask straight out - *WILL* Darik's B&N put a hard disk  
 ~BD~> back to  as new condition?

 ~BD~> Will FDISK do the same thing?

yes, both can if you take the time to wipe the drive before hand and overwrite
the areas where the critters may be hiding...

eg: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=3

the above will write zeros to the first 3Megs of drive sda... DBAN (Darik's
Boot&Nuke) has dd built in as a set of command choices...

if one just wants to wipe the MBR and partition tables, then one need only
specify the proper size (bs) and count...

dd is extremely powerful and can quite easily destroy the wrong drive... it is
recommended that one unplug all drives except the one they are wanting to
overwrite and use a livecd or similar to access that drive...

i've also used dd to create ISO images of CDs and DVDs for use in a "software
jukebox" where the images are mounted automatically and operate exactly as if
one were reading the original disk in the CD/DVD drive... it makes it a lot
easier in a network environment if there are a lot of CDs or DVDs that users
need access to and you don't want to take a chance damaging them by handling
them all the time...

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