Learn about Zero Trust Architecture
Impenetrable cybersecurity without sacrificing usability
Gain detailed visibility into all your endpoints activities
Harden applications and hardware environments
Immediate and continuous response to incidents
Close the window of time your data could be exposed
Get your Comodo solutions setup, deployed or optimized
Control access to malicious websites
Defend from any internet based threats
Stop email threats before it enters your inbox
Preserve and protect your sensitive data
Keep your website running fast and malware free
Add encryption to your websites
Automated certificate mgmt. platform
Secure private intranet environments
Digital signature solutions for cloud apps
Encrypt emails for senders and recipients
Stay compliant with PCI DSS
Trusted authentication for IoT devices
Francisco Partners a leading technology-focused private equity fund, has acquired a majority stake in Comodo’s certificate authority business. Newly renamed from Comodo CA Limited to Sectigo Limited. Privacy Policies, Trademarks, Patents and Terms & Conditions are available on Sectigo Limited’s web site.
Meet the people behind the direction for Comodo
Get the latest news about Comodo
People are the key to achievement and prosperity
Stay up to date with our on-demand webinars
Worldwide: Sales, Support and General Inquiries
Schedule a live demonstration of our solutions
Need immediate help? Call 1-888-551-1531
Instantly removes viruses to keep your PC virus free
Experience true mobile security on your mobile apple devices
Secure Internet Browser based on Chrome
Chrome browser internet security extension
Submit a ticket to our support team
Share any product bugs or security flaws
Collaborate with research experts on data sets
Valkyrie Threat Intelligence Plugins
Valkyrie Threat Intelligence APIs
The World's Only Complete Antivirus is now $17.99 a year for a limited time
Got more than 1 PC? Get 3 Licenses for $19.99 & Save 63%!
Project Sauron- that’s the name of the sinister malware that has been spying on government computers and computers at major organizations for over five years. Researchers who have detected this malware have given it the name Project Sauron because of the reference to Sauron, the main antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, in its source code.
Project Sauron was first detected reportedly on a government network, an unspecified government network last September in the course of investigating some malicious activity that was detected on one of the machines in the network. Subsequent probes revealed that the malware was present in many other networks too. Project Sauron has been found in the networks of at least 30 organizations. This includes government networks and strategic ones like the networks of military, financial and telecommunications organizations. Reports say that the malware has been detected in an airline in China, an embassy in Belgium, and an unidentified organization in Sweden.
Researchers who probed the issue found the presence of a strange executable file that claimed to be a Windows password filter. Whenever a user would log on or enter a password, this executable would start up. This malware could be used to steal passwords, encryption keys, configuration files and log stores, which would then be passed on directly to the hackers. Next, the malware logs key strokes and thereby opens a backdoor for a hacker to take control of a system or network.
Project Sauron is a malware that’s almost impossible to detect and unlike usual malware, appears differently on different systems/networks. The malware doesn’t leave behind tell-tale signs like other malware would and thus it becomes rather difficult to identify other infections. The creators of Project Sauron make sure that no two infections are similar and that no two infected systems create the same software “artifacts”. The malware is also able to disguise itself in many ways, like for example as files with names similar to those published by Microsoft. The method of sending data back to the hacker also is not the same always. This would baffle researchers who are constantly looking for patterns.
Project Sauron is,in fact, a very sophisticated malware and can get through some of the most extensive firewalls too. The malware could also infect systems which are air-gapped, which are not connected to the internet and thus not accessible to usual malware. Here the entry is made possible through specially prepared USB drives, which would appear to be like the usual mass storage devices, but would also contain a hidden partition of several hundred Mbs. A virtual file system is stored here which makes possible the transfer of data from air-gapped systems. Researchers think that this rather complex attack is done making use of some unknown and undiscovered zero-day vulnerability. Well, this zero-day vulnerability angle is just speculation and is yet to be confirmed.
Project Sauron, which is a very sophisticated malware, is still the subject of analysis and researchers even think of the possibility of some government-sponsored group to be behind the whole thing.
Tags: zero-day vulnerability
Reading Time: 2 minutes Mozilla and Tor recently released patches for the Firefox browser as well as the Firefox-based Tor browser aiming to block a recent attack. This attack exploited a Firefox animation remote code execution flaw to unmask users of the Tor anonymity network. This vulnerability, which is not publicly known, is in all likelihood another among zero…
Sign up to our cyber security newsletter
Comodo Cybersecurity would like to keep in touch with you about cybersecurity issues, as well as products and services available. Please sign up to receive occasional communications. As a cybersecurity company, we take your privacy and security very seriously and have strong safeguards in place to protect your information.
See how your organization scores against cybersecurity threats