Wednesday, August 24, 2016


A Trojan.Mdropper is a type of Trojan whose purpose is to deliver an enclosed payload onto a destination host computer. A dropper is a means to an end rather than the end itself. In other words, the dropper is usually used at the start or in the early stages of a malware attack.

Since March of 2005, certain security software manufacturers have used the detection Trojan.Mdropper to indicate the presence of a specific type of Trojan on an infected computer. These kinds of Trojans can infect versions of Windows going back to Windows 95!

Once this threat is executed, its own code is simply to load itself into memory and then extract the malware payload and write it to the file system. It may perform any installation procedures and execute the newly dropped malware. The dropper usually ceases to execute at this point as its primary function has been accomplished.

Trojan.Mdropper creates the following file(s):

1 %UserProfile%\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\\support\flashplayer\sys\settings.sol
2 %Temp%\Word8.0\ShockwaveFlashObjects.exd
3 %Temp%\~WRD0001.doc

Variants include (but are not limited to)  Trojan.Mdropper.Z (Symantec) TROJ_MDROPPER.WR (Trend Micro), Trojan.Mdropper.AA (Symantec), TROJ_MDROPPER.MB (Trend Micro), Trojan.Mdropper.AC (Symantec).

The presence of the following files may also indicate an infection:
summary on china's 2006 defense white paper.doc
This type of threat is used by malware creators to disguise their malware. They create confusion amongst users by making them look like legitimate Microsoft Word or Excel files. They may also perform actions that mislead the user into thinking that nothing untoward is happening on the computer when in fact the Trojan may have already dropped and executed other malicious software.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

American ❤ Association Warns of Heat Stroke Risk

The only cooling showers for the next few days will be the Perseids meteor showers at night. If you’re outside during the day, though, it’s important to stay safe. 

Infants, young children, heart patients, those older than 50 or people who are overweight are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses. Certain medications or illnesses can also raise the risk.

The American Heart Association offers these tips to stay safe in the summer heat.

Tips for ❤ patients - after the jump...

Tuesday, August 09, 2016


ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 9, 2016) -- The Lark Street Business Improvement District ("Lark Street BID") has announced the headliners for this year’s LarkFest, set for Saturday, Sept. 24 along Albany’s Lark Street corridor.

The four headliners are: The Relationship (Brian Bell of Weezer), Ought, Lower Dens, Delicate Steve, and Televisionaries. The full lineup of additional musical artists, entertainment, vendors, and retailers present at LarkFest will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year’s festival marks its 35th year and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. LarkFest is free and open to the public and has traditionally held the title of New York State’s largest one-day street festival.More information on each headlining artist after the jump:
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