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Security firm, FireEye, employed intern who is accused of developing Malware


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#1 Grinler

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:40 AM

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According to a recent article at Forbes, it was discovered that an intern is being accused of developing the Dendroid malware while also interning at the prominent security firm FireEye. According to the article, Morgan Culbertson, a 20-year old Carnegie Mellon University student has been accused of designing and selling the Dendroid malware for Android that allowed unauthorized people to remotely control Android devices that it was installed on. All of this was being while working at the security firm FireEye, which leads to concerns that the confidential information he had access to may have been used to enhance his malware.


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 11:39 AM

Hmmm interesting!



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 04:22 PM

Did they not do background checks?


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 06:34 PM

How would background checks help? He was a student at a highly recognized uni, and probably was never in trouble before this, so nothing would have showed up anyway. Of course now it would but that is after the fact.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:35 AM

I wouldn't be surprised if other malware writers had received training at similar companies.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 07:00 AM

How would background checks help? He was a student at a highly recognized uni, and probably was never in trouble before this, so nothing would have showed up anyway. Of course now it would but that is after the fact.


This. You can't really do background checks on someone that have never been caught doing something wrong. Plus, Dendroid's creator was dealing online behind an alias and never revealed anything about himself (location, age, name, etc.) so you wouldn't have been able to associate him with the Dendroid seller on illicit forums. After that, he sold the project to someone else (if I recall correctly) and he was planning on developping a new RAT for Android. Good thing he got caught before.

Edited by Aura, 28 July 2015 - 07:00 AM.

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