On the lighter side of security reporting, it appears that a small spiny mammal called the Hedgehog is well liked by certain developers of rogue software. When analyzing a new rogue program called Privacy Components, I found a curious string embedded in two of the executables.
In two of Privacy Components files, named agent.exe and pc.exe, I found an interesting string embedded in the executable. This string read, SaveTheHedgehogs
. Could the malicious and criminal developers of this rogue program have a sweet spot for these cute spiny little mammals? I guess so as shown in the executable below.
It's funny what you can find when you dig around executables; especially malware ones. It is not uncommon for malware writers to insert their own messages into their files as a way of making statements, trying to be funny, or saying goodbye. This can be seen in the farewell speech
from the developers of Zlob. Regardless of the intent, it appears hedgehogs do need some rescuing and care as described at the site Epping Forest Hedgehog Rescue
. So if you, like the developers, also want to help save the hedgehogs, please visit the link below.