A computer virus that targeted and successfully infected systems at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia –over two weeks ago – continues to relent on targeted Windows XP systems.
The Qbot virus is a strain of malware that is known to attack banking systems and capture keystrokes, like a key-logger program. Qbot or Qakbot was first discovered in 2009 and has routinely known to infect Windows machines. Affected versions range from Windows XP to Windows 7.
While it’s easy to dismiss the malware as one to affect legacy systems, zero-day exploits are still rife with Windows XP, even more-so after Microsoft recently discontinued support for the operating system.
R&K Cyber Solutions has licensed Hyperion, a cyber security technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which can detect malware by looking inside an executable program to determine the software’s behavior without using its source code or running the program. The Hyperion technology, which has been under development for a decade, offers more comprehensive scanning capabilities than existing cyber security methods.