x64 attacks, part II

malwareWhen I wrote about the surge of 64-bit platform which had come to the client computers I didn’t think about one obvious things: as some platform becomes mass and popular, it attracts all sorts of ill-minded persons to it. In our age it means that all the instruments that hackers use to do what they do will become adapted to the new reality. Unfortunately it is happening whether I think about it or no (maybe someone else had thought about it? Quit it, then Winking smile). Guys from MS have reported that we have received a 64bit version of Alureon malware. At the moment of report it produced non-bootable XP or 2003 and ruined some disk functionality in the later systems, but I have no doubt: the bad guys will correct these mistakes and make this malware even better (for them, of course and worse for you and me). That will again tell me, that every statistics about vulnerabilities, virus quantities and such kind of things must be normalized to the user base or else it just tells you wrong.