Webroot Threat Team Member - Brenden Vaughan

Brenden Vaughan

Role: Threat Team Member
Threat Blog Posts: 4

Dedicated individual with a wide variety of experience in PC hardware and software, website design, and programming in Basic, C, C#, and C++. Proficient in Windows, Mac OS, Flash, HTML, FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Office, Photoshop, and Paint Shop Pro. Extremely experienced with computer security and malware.



Posts by Brenden Vaughan:

A New Zero-Day Vulnerability in Internet Explorer

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By Brenden Vaughan A new zero-day vulnerability exploit has been identified in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser versions 9 and below running on Windows XP, Vista and 7. Internet Explorer 10, which comes bundled with Windows 8, is not affected. The exploit could allow remote execution of malicious code from compromised websites.

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Antivirus Center: Rogue of the Week

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By Andrew Brandt and Brenden Vaughan Our Advanced Malware Removal group reported seeing several cases of a rogue called Antivirus Center this past week. The rogue isn’t new – we began seeing samples of it last year – but has re-emerged as a threat. This rogue is characterized by a close mimicry of some aspects of Microsoft’s free Windows Defender product, including the use of a program icon that looks like a castle, as well as some distinctive characteristics of its active file components. For example, the rogue’s application consistently uses a naming convention that looks like a long string […]

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ROTW: “Total Security” and Antivirus IS

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By Brenden Vaughan and Andrew Brandt This week, our support and advanced malware removal (AMR) team did not have a lot of new data to report about rogue security products. The most commonly encountered infection continues to be one of the rogues we reported about last week. While we may refer to it as XP Total Security, it actually chooses one of a series of names at random, based on the operating system on the victim’s computer. Last week’s post contains a more comprehensive list of these names. As previously reported, you can remove the rogue by scanning (with our […]

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Roman Polanski Arrest Spawns Headline-Hooking Rogues

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By Andrew Brandt and Brenden Vaughan As we’ve seen for the past several months, a celebrity ended up the top news story, which started a cascade of malware distributors racing to get their driveby pages to the top of search results. Today’s victim/subject is Roman Polanski, the renowned film director arrested on decades old charges of statutory rape. This kind of gossipy, tabloid headline is like candy for rogue antivirus distributors. We began our search the minute we found out the news, and yes, within about half an hour of the story breaking, the pages began appearing in the search […]

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