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Flip Through: Alien Archive for Starfinder

Gamer Goggles - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 03:24

In this Flip Through Matt takes a look at the Alien Archive for Starfinder from Paizo.  This is no ordinary accessory with nearly 25 new player races and over a hundred aliens to put into your game.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I wonder what’s next?

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

JEZ(RE): SDCC 2018–just a fangirl of myself

First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 22:03

It’s true.

I am just a fangirl of myself.

I don’t really like anything.

I mean, some things I love—everything else, I some what tolerate; or, eliminate from my life—including humans—and sometimes I tolerate then eliminate.

Not sure what part of I’M A FUCKING SOCIOPATH is confusing.


Maybe people think I’m kidding because I’m nice.

I’m a good person—but, it’s simply a choice.

I chose to be.

I choose not to lie, cheat or steal—doesn’t mean I don’t want the entire fucking world to burn on occasion.

You all seriously piss me the fuck off.


It’s fine.

AND—you’re welcome for your lives : )

I am a super villain after all.

Don’t act like it’s a surprise.

Described once as possessing the unbridled rage of a thousand blazing suns.

Jedi abstain from emotion.

Sith indulge.

I feel everything.

Which—makes me the most powerful Sith in existence.



I did not get enough out of con.

Mostly, it was my fault—mostly.

Talked into working Wednesday night, all day Friday, Saturday until 2PM and Sunday.







Can’t be too mad with a view like this, though:

: )


Made it to last 20 mins of preview night for a little recon.

A lot of booths are in the same location every year so makes it a bit easier as a regular.

First Comics News hosts a panel every year at SDCC on HOW TO GET NEWS COVERAGE for indie books—Thurs 10:30AM Room 8—every year.



Fuck you ReedPop for not approving me press at NYCC this year.

Like; do you know who the fuck I am?

Seriously—I’m awesome.



I got me own badge : )

More on that later…


Panel was fabulous!

And—always amazing to see the lovely Holly G:

She’s so fucking hot.

And—wonderful; and sweet.

Oh! This dude who saw our (my) panel at WonderCon 2016 followed me on twitter after and came to our (my) panel here.

Then; these other two (2) dudes followed me out of the room about their project…

I chatted a few until my bladder couldn’t take it anymore and I had to excuse myself.

Then! I got stopped coming out of the bathroom by three (3) more attendees.

They all loved my input.

Duh! I’m awesome…

Only eight (8) of us this year, so it was easier for everyone to talk.

Points I stress EVERY YEAR:

1) Read your shit. Have other people read your shit. Make sure your shit doesn’t have typos. Make sure your shit makes sense.

2) Everyone you could possibly want to talk with at con IS AT CON—GO TALK TO THEM! You never know who you’ll meet or who they may know until you chat ’em up. Not saying immediately shove your project down their throats, but asking them about what they are doing will generally open up dialog and give them a chance to ask you about yours.

3) Make sure your business cards reflect you. Don’t assume having a facebook/twitter icon at the bottom tells me how to find you online.

Also—tits and ass.


But, seriously, fans eat that shit up—quite repulsive, actually—no body cares for an amazing story anymore.



Everything is regurgitated.

I’m starting to wonder if there is any originality remaining in the world.

Like; has humanity reached the point where every plot and every idea ever possible has already been told and all that is left is retakes?!?!?!


As you all know, I don’t read anything but indies—I just told you—Spiderman vs. dinosaurs… Avengers vs. dinosaurs…

I haven’t ready anything DC after the whole “Death of the Family” bullshit.

I mean, seriously…

Crossovers with every title just to boost sales of those titles without any real benefit to over all narrative—and, then an ending where everyone one walks away from batman.

I’m okay with no one dying for the “death of the family” but, Batman spends the entire arc desperately searching for these mother fuckers in order to save them, risking his own life; for all to simply walk away from him over the possibility that the joker may or may not have been in the bat cave.

I also understand the concept was Batman hadn’t been forthright with information on several occasions but in the New 52, no other occurrence had been expressed to that point so it made zero logical sense.

THEN! Robin is on a mission with Batman in the very next issue, kicking off requiem, and dies.




Good luck finding comic books…


This shit is getting ridiculous.


Seriously, I’m over all the pretty shinies…

Well—almost—this shit was pretty cool:

Plus—cosplayers always on fleek (learned that from an eleven year old XD:



Emerald City in Seattle is still the truest large comic book convention I’ve ever been to with over 70% of booths with books on tables—but, I haven’t been in two (2) years, so, curious if ReedPop has fucked that yet or not.

I’m actually a fan of ReedPop, don’t get me wrong—maybe I’m a bit salty—and, I like C2E2’s artist alley.

Although, that show is a bit underwhelming with massive isles and preposterous amounts of open space.

Maybe I’ll just never be happy… sigh…

I do feel SDCC did a better job organizing this year—but, maybe that’s because a significant amount of Exhibitors dropped out this year from what I heard…

The convention center is just not large enough to house the beast of what is SDCC and they’re quickly getting out numbered as con attendance rises across the country—though, apparently numbers are being vastly exaggerated… cough cough Phoenix cough cough…

BTWs—if you weren’t aware—the Jacob Javits, home to NYCC, is 1.8 million square feet; or, 3 times the size of San Diego Convention Center.

And—NYCC has already topped SDCC in attendance with MUCH more room to grow.

Mr. Mayor proposed an increase to hotel tax up to 15% calling for an emergency vote last October—which looks like it didn’t happen—is now set for a vote come November to expand the convention center, repair infrastructure, and “battle the homeless problem.”

First of all, the homeless problem is only a thing because people do not understand socioeconomics—BUILD SOME MORE LUXURY CONDOS IN DOWNTOWN, that’ll help. Ha! This practice is is spreading like a virus across major US cities and it’s fucking gross.

Instead of trying to attract more people with money, who really don’t exist, why don’t you actually try to house the people already in your fucking cities!

Expanding the convention center is almost impossible as the land required is owned by the port and a lot of shady shit has to go down for them to pull this off.

And—infrastructure is shit, because builders are doing a shit job and contractors are robbing the city blind.

Last year, I started attending city council meetings and learned SDGE owes the city tens of thousands in overages; council approved a 72 million dollar minor upgrade on a water treatment pump; and, the county was sitting on a 1.3 billion dollar tax surplus—except, 33k people currently owe $86M in property taxes.

AND! They just let Horton plaza, THE ONLY MAJOR SHOPPING STRUCTURE IN DOWN TOWN LITERALLY IN THE CENTER OF THE FUCKING CITY, be sold in order to build—you guessed it—luxury, fucking, condos.


It’s not the building’s fault it failed as a shopping center—who in their right mind would want to rent a space there and invest in upgrades, if someone could come in the next month offering more money and have it ripped out from under them?!?!

Oh! AND! There was a huge meeting regarding affordable housing last year…

Their solution?

Provide a tax incentive for developers who provide 10% of their units as affordable.

What the fuck are they doing?!?!?


Further, Comic-con International is a non profit.

The board members receive a messily salary—on paper—but,  the city gives them free rent to keep them in SD.

I assure you them bitches ain’t living in any place less than 4k a month—I could be wrong—but, I know several of them love to dine daily at The Westin; no way they’re living with the commoners in a 2k a month 400sqft apartment—just a hunch.

Several local news sources are calling attention to where the fuck the money generated from con is going.

Like—they bought several warehouses in National City under a newly created charity with an attorney set as the CEO.

I seriously hope they don’t plan to move con further out of the fucking city.


They need to buy Horton Plaza—which is larger in square footage than the convention center.

Donate it to the city.

And be the only con in the country with a physical HQ.

It would house a year long SD merch store, offices, and studio for their TV channel; exterior space for a free to the public artist alley; utilize the four surrounding hotels as panel space—including The Grant, which is the original home of SDCC; cementing itself in the true center of San Diego as a staple of the community—which could then be used as additional convention space during the year; cons, full scale art installations; etc…

But—what the fuck do I know?



Comic books…

I did an interview:

That was fun.

Here’s so more pretty shinies:

I have to go to work now.

This should be enough until I feel like adding more.






Categories: Comic Book Blogs

‘Hidden Bee’ miner delivered via improved drive-by download toolkit

Malwarebytes - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:00

This blog post was authored by @hasherezade and Jérôme Segura.

We recently detected a drive-by download attack trying to exploit CVE-2018-4878, a vulnerability in Flash Player, in a sequence that was not matching any of the exploit kit patterns that we currently track. Upon investigation, we discovered something that was new to us, but is part of an existing exploitation framework referenced in late 2017 by Chinese security firm Qihoo360. At the time, the payload appeared to be a Trojan pushing adware. (Note: On July 26, our colleagues from TrendMicro published a blog post calling it the Underminer exploit kit).

Since it was last documented, there have been changes to the exploits being used, although the distribution method is similar. One interesting aspect that we don’t see much of these days is the use of encryption to package exploits on-the-fly, which requires a key from the backend server to decrypt and execute them.

The payload served in this campaign is also out of the ordinary because it is not a standard PE file. Instead, it is a multiple-stage custom executable format, acting also as a downloader to retrieve LUA scripts used by the threat actors behind the Hidden Bee miner botnet. This was perhaps the first case of a bootkit being used to enslave machines mining cryptocurrencies.

Campaign overview

The attackers are leveraging malvertising via adult sites to redirect their victims to the exploit kit landing page. We believe this campaign is primarily targeting Asian countries based on the ads that are served and our own telemetry data. A server purporting to be an online dating service contains a malicious iframe responsible for the exploitation and infection phases.

Traffic play-by-play

IE exploit

With a few exceptions, exploit kits typically obfuscate their landing page and exploits. But here the threat actors go beyond by using encryption and requiring a key exchange with the backend server in order to decrypt and execute the exploit. In the past, Angler, Nuclear and Astrum exploit kits have abused the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol in similar ways to prevents analysts from replaying malicious traffic.

The execution of the malicious code starts from a webpage with an embedded encrypted block. This block is Base64 encoded and encrypted with one of two algorithms: RC4 or Rabbit.

After being decrypted, the block is executed. You can find the decoded version of the Java Script that is being run here. As you can see in the script, it generates a random session key, then encrypts it with the attacker’s public RSA key:

The encrypted key is being passed onto the next function and converted into JSON format to perform a POST request to the hardcoded URL:

This is what we can see if we look at the traffic between the client and the server (the client sends the encrypted “key” and the server responds with the “value”):


  • With the attackers’ private RSA key, the server decrypts the passed session key.
  • It uses it to encrypt the exploit content with a chosen symmetric algorithm (Rabbit or RC4).
  • It returns the encrypted content back to the client.

Thanks to the fact that the client still has an unencrypted version of the key in memory, it is able to decrypt and execute the exploit. However, researchers who just have the traffic captured cannot retrieve the original session key, and replaying the exploit is impossible. Thankfully, we managed to capture the exploit during dynamic analysis.

We believe that the decrypted exploit is CVE-2018-8174, as one of our test machines patched against CVE-2016-0189 got exploited successfully.

Flash exploit

This newer Flash exploit (CVE-2018-4878) was not part of the exploit toolkit at the time Qihoo documented it, and seems to be a more recent addition to boost its capabilities. The shellcode embedded in the exploit is a downloader for the next stage.

Upon successful exploitation, it will retrieve its payload at the following URL:

This file, given the extension .wasm, pretends to be a Web Assembler module. But in fact, it is something entirely different, appearing to be a custom executable format, or a modified, header-less PE file.

It starts from the names of the DLLs that are going to be needed during the execution:

As you can see, it loads Cabinet.dll that is used for unpacking cabinet files. In later sections, we saw the APIs and strings that are used for the communication over HTTP protocol. We also found references to “dllhost.exe” and “bin/i386/core.sdb”.

It is easy to guess that this module will be downloading something and running via dllhost.exe.

Another interesting string is a Base64-encoded content:

The decoded content points to more URLs:

Looking at the traffic captured by Fiddler, we found that, indeed, those URLs are being queried:

The requests are coming from dllhost.exe, so that means the above executable was injected there.

The file glfw.wasm has nothing in common with Web Assembly. It is, in fact, a Cabinet file, containing packed content under the internal path: bin/i386/core.sdb. Looking inside, we found the same custom executable format, starting from DLL names:

Then, HTTP traffic stops. This was another interesting aspect of this threa,t because the threat actors are perhaps trying to hide the traffic by pretending to use the SLTP protocol to retrieve the actual payload, which can be seen in the strings extracted from the Cabinet file inside of core.sdb:

INSTALL_SOURCE &sid=%u INSTALL_SID INSTALL_CID sltp://setup.gohub[.]online:1108/setup.bin?id=128 ntdll.dll ZwQueryInformationProcess VolumeNumber SCSIDISK os=%d&ar=%d kernel32.dll IsWow64Process RtlGetNtVersionNumbers %02x &sz= sltp

That hostname resolves to 67.198.208[.]110:

Pinging setup.gohub.online [] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from bytes=32 time=76ms TTL=51

Encrypted TCP network traffic from our sandboxed machine shows how the binary payload is retrieved:

This whole exploitation and payload retrieval process is rather complex, especially in light of the intended purpose behind this drive-by campaign. Infected hosts are instructed to mine for cryptocurrencies:

What is unique about this miner is that it achieves persistence by using a bootkit, as described here. Infected hosts will have their Master Boot Record altered to start the miner every time the operating system boots.

A sophisticated attack for a simple payload

This attack is interesting on many levels for its use of different technologies both in the exploit delivery part as well as how the payload is packaged. According to our telemetry, we believe it is also focused on a select few Asian countries, which makes sense when taking its payload into consideration.

It also shows that threat actors haven’t completely given up on exploit kits, despite a noted downward trend over the last couple of years.


Malwarebytes detects both the IE and Flash exploits, resulting in the infection chain being stopped early on.

Indicators of compromise

Injected dating site


Exploit toolkit






Payload URL and IP

setup.gohub[.]online:1108/setup.bin?id=128 67.198.208[.]110

Miner Proxy


The post ‘Hidden Bee’ miner delivered via improved drive-by download toolkit appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

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B/X Dungeons & Dragons Along With The Winding Adventure & Campaign Set Up

Swords & Stitchery - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 18:34
Two events mark their passage in the next day or so. One of of course is Gary Gygax's birthday who would have been eighty years old on Friday. Its a bit hard to process this in 2018 because Mr.Gygax's death seems to be fresh in my mind. The other thing that's on my mind is B/X Dungeons & Dragons once again. The Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules (1981), by Tom Moldvay,yet it seems like its still Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:27

(July 24, 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE) – Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, yesterday inaugurated Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first-ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park developed by Miral, Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, in partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment, with an investment of $1 billion.

Their Highnesses attended the official inauguration ceremony, which took place in the Warner Bros. Plaza at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. The ceremony included the first screening of the Warner Bros. Cinema Spectacular, a captivating show that brings Warner Bros.’ unparalleled film library to life. Guests were also treated to a series of festive celebrations incorporating the park’s beloved characters.

Sheikh Zayed bin Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Saif and Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan then took the stage alongside some of the park’s iconic DC and Warner Bros. Animation characters to press a button marking the official opening of the highly anticipated theme park, which is expected to draw in thousands of guests including residents and tourists of all ages.

Following the opening ceremony His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed toured the park, which officially opens to the public on the 25th of July. The opening of the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi marks the latest addition to Yas Island’s offering of world-class tourism and entertainment attractions, and serves to strengthen the island’s position as a leading leisure and entertainment destination in Abu Dhabi, further enhancing UAE’s distinguished position on the world map.

During the tour, their Highnesses were briefed on the many elements which help bring the park’s immersive environments to life across its six lands. From the meticulously curated musical arrangements to the faithfully created landscapes, each land is uniquely designed to truly immerse guests in the places they’ve seen in movies, comic books and on TV.

Their Highnesses also learned of the different stages of development which the park underwent as well as its adherence to the internationally recognized best practices and rigorous health and safety standards to ensure the wellbeing of its guests. During the tour, their Highnesses also visited the park’s wide array of facilities and state-of-the-art attractions.

“It is with great pride that we open Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island today. This is a milestone moment for us as we continue to cement Abu Dhabi’s positioning as one of the world’s leading family and tourism destinations. I am confident that the addition of this theme park to our already rich portfolio will further enhance Yas Island’s offering,” said H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral.

“We’re delighted that our partnership with Warner Bros. has resulted in us delivering our promise of creating an attraction that will amaze and entertain both the young, and the young at heart,” added H.E. Al Mubarak.

Filled to the brim with endless family fun and adventures, the park transports guests to six expertly designed lands, including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza. Home to a total of 29 exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment shows, the park will offer an incredible range of themed experiences. Guests will also enjoy authentically themed dining experiences, from grab-and-go eateries to full-service sit-down restaurants and cafes, as well as custom designed shops featuring bespoke Warner Bros. merchandise inspired by fan-favorite characters, some of which has been developed exclusively for the park.

“Warner Bros. has an almost-100-year legacy of producing and distributing high-quality entertainment to global audiences, and this world-class attraction continues that tradition in grand style,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. “Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi literally brings our characters to life and provides fans a truly unique immersive entertainment experience. We couldn’t have better partners than our colleagues at Miral, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship,” he continued.

The world-class theme park brings to life fan-favorite DC Super Heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, alongside beloved Warner Bros. Animation characters from Looney Tones and Hanna-Barbera like Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones, using state-of-the-art technology to create truly immersive environments and unforgettable experiences.

The excitement begins in Warner Bros. Plaza, where guests can meander the streets of the art deco themed portal to the various lands of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Guests can enjoy the gleaming urban landscape of Metropolis, where they can revel in the heroic optimism of the Justice League – whose members include Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash. They can then make their way to the dark alleys of Gotham City where devious masterminds such as The Joker, and Harley Quinn wreak havoc only to be thwarted by Batman. In contrast, bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds will surround the guests in Cartoon Junction where childhood favorite characters come to life. Guests will then leave the colorful houses behind for the lofty dunes of Dynamite Gulch packed full of animated antics and mad mishaps. And finally, guests can rewind all the way to the modern Stone Age in Bedrock with the lovable cave-families – The Flintstones and The Rubbles.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is the latest addition to Yas Island’s immersive theme parks including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and the upcoming attraction, CLYMB. These are complemented by: Yas Marina Circuit – one of the most technologically-advanced Formula 1 circuits in the world; Yas Marina – a vibrant venue offering dining, fitness and leisure facilities; Yas Mall – the largest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi with 400 retail stores; Yas Beach; and, Yas Links Abu Dhabi – the 46th golf course in the world, as well as seven sophisticated hotels ranging from 3 to 5 stars.

To purchase tickets or learn more about Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, visit www.wbworld.com and join the conversation on social using the hashtag #WBWorld.


أخوان محترفو العالم أبو ظبي على جزيرة ياس افتتحهما شيخ محمد بن راشد و الشيخ محمد بن زايد

افتتح صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي “رعاه الله” وصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان ولي عهد أبوظبي نائب القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة، اليوم، “عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي”، المدينة الترفيهية المُغطاة الأولى من نوعها في العالم التي تحمل علامة “وارنر براذرز” العالمية الشهيرة، وقامت بتطويرها شركة “ميرال”، المطور الرائد للوجهات المتميزة في أبوظبي، بالشراكة مع “وارنر براذرز إنترتينمنت” باستثمارات بلغت مليار درهم.

وحضر سموهما حفل الافتتاح الرسمي للمدينة الترفيهية في منطقة “وارنر براذرز بلازا” والذي تضمَّن عرضاً لفيلم قصير تم إعداده خصيصاً للاحتفاء بالأرشيف السينمائي المتميز لشركة “وارنر براذرز” التي تعد من كبريات الشركات المتخصصة في مجال الإنتاج السينمائي وصناعة الترفيه على مستوى العالم، وشمل العمل مقتطفات من أشهر الأعمال التي قدمتها الشركة، بينما ساد الافتتاح أجواء احتفالية مبهرة اُستخدمت فيها أحدث المؤثرات السمعية والبصرية.

ثم اعتلى الشيوخ زايد بن أحمد بن زايد آل نهيان، وسيف وأحمد بن حامد بن زايد آل نهيان، المنصّة يرافقهم مجموعة من الشخصيات الكارتونية الشهيرة في عالم وارنر براذرز، حيث قاموا بالضغط على زر الانطلاق إيذاناً ببدء أنشطة المدينة الترفيهية التي من المُنتظر أن تستقطب آلاف الزوار من داخل وخارج الدولة بما تشمله من تنوّع يناسب كافة الأعمار ويراعي مختلف الأذواق في إطار مشوّق عالمي المستوى.

وعقب العرض، تفقَّد صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد وصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد ــ الذي اصطحب معه أحفاده ــ المدينة التي تُعدُّ أحدث وأبرز الإضافات إلى جزيرة الياس، مُعزِّزة مكانة الجزيرة كإحدى أهم مراكز الجذب السياحي في أبوظبي ودولة الإمارات على وجه العموم، بما توفره من خيارات ترفيهية متنوّعة تناسب كافة أفراد الأسرة من جميع الأعمار، وتقدم للزائر الذي يقصدها سواء من داخل الدولة أو خارجها، طيفاً واسعاً من المرافق الخدميّة والمنافذ التجاريّة التي تحقق له ولأسرته أعلى مستويات الراحة والرفاهية في مختلف أوقات الزيارة، لتشكل بذلك المدينة معلماً سياحياً مهماً سيكون له أثره في زيادة التدفقات السياحية القادمة إلى الجزيرة على المديين القريب والبعيد.

واطّلع سموهما على مختلف مكونات مدينة “عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي” المُقامة على مساحة ضخمة تزيد على 1.65 مليون قدم مربعة، واستمع سموهما إلى شرح حول المناطق المختلفة التي تتشكل منها المدينة، والتي من المنتظر أن تُفتح أبوابها لاستقبال الجمهور في 25 يوليو الجاري، وتتوزع على ست مناطق ترفيهية لكل منها طابعها الفريد وشخصياتها المميزة، إذ تم تجهيزها بأحدث المؤثرات البصرية والصوتية والديكورات المُصممة بعناية فائقة من أجل إبهار الضيوف بأجواء تحاكي الخيال.

كما تعرّف سموهما على المراحل المختلفة التي مرت بها عملية تشييد المدينة وما شملته مرحلة التخطيط من إعداد مُحكم للخروج بالمشروع الضخم بصورة مُشرِّفة تتناسب والمكانة السياحية المتميزة لأبوظبي، ودولة الإمارات على خريطة السياحة الإقليمية والعالمية، وكذلك المعايير التي تمت مراعاتها في تنفيذ المدينة وفي مقدمتها عوامل الأمن والسلامة التي تكفل للزوار أعلى مستويات الأمان خلال استمتاعهم بالألعاب المختلفة، وفق أفضل الاشتراطات والممارسات العالمية المُتبَّعة في هذا الخصوص.

وتفقَّد سموهما جانباً من المرافق الترفيهيّة والخدميّة التي توفرها المدينة، والكيفية التي تم توزيعها بها على مختلف جنبات المدينة مترامية الأطراف بأسلوب يكفل راحة الزائر ين ويضمن إسعادهم، وكذلك المناطق الترفيهية المدعومة بأحدث التقنيات والمؤثرات الصوتية والضوئية وهي المكونات التي تعمل على تكامل تجربة الزائر وإدخال البهجة والسرور على نفسه.

حضر افتتاح مدينة “عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي” سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ولي عهد دبي وسمو الشيخ عمار بن حميد النعيمي ولي عهد عجمان وسمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان نائب رئيس المجلس التنفيذي لإمارة أبوظبي وسمو الشيخ نهيان بن زايد آل نهيان رئيس مجلس أمناء مؤسسة زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان للأعمال الخيرية والإنسانية والفريق سمو الشيخ سيف بن زايد آل نهيان نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء وزير الداخلية وسمو الشيخ عبدالله بن زايد آل نهيان وزير الخارجية والتعاون الدولي وسمو الشيخ خالد بن محمد بن زايد آل نهيان نائب مستشار الأمن الوطني وسمو الشيخ ذياب بن محمد بن زايد آل نهيان، رئيس دائرة النقل بأبوظبي، ومعالي الشيخ سلطان بن طحنون بن محمد آل نهيان، والشيخ خليفة بن طحنون بن محمد آل نهيان، مدير مكتب شؤون أسر الشهداء في ديوان ولي عهد أبوظبي وعدد من كبار المسؤولين.

وبمناسبة افتتاح المدينة، قال معالي محمد خليفة المبارك، رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة “ميرال”: “يغمرني الشعور بالفخر والسعادة لافتتاح مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي على جزيرة ياس اليوم، إذ يُعد ذلك فصلاً جديداً يُضاف إلى مسيرة أبوظبي ومكانتها كإحدى وجهات السياحة العائلية الرائدة على مستوى العالم. ونحن على ثقة أن مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي سيكون لها إسهامها في إثراء المحفظة السياحية الغنية لجزيرة ياس بما تقدمه لزوارها”.

وأضاف معاليه: “لقد استطعنا عبر العمل جنباً إلى جنب مع شركائنا في وارنر براذرز انترتينمنت تحقيق رؤيتنا المشتركة الرامية إلى تطوير مدينة ترفيهية تبهر ضيوفها من مختلف الأعمار عبر تقديم تجربة ترفيهية فريدة ومميزة”.

وتضم المدينة من خلال مناطقها الست وهي: “وارنر براذرز بلازا”، و”متروبوليس”، و”غوثام سيتي”، و”كرتون جانكشن”، و”بيدروك”، و”ديناميت غالتش”؛ 29 لعبة ومرفقاً ترفيهياً عائلياً، وعروض حية، لتقدم لضيوفها باقة واسعة من التجارب الآسرة. وستتميز كل منطقة بالعديد من منافذ بيع المأكولات والمشروبات الراقية بما يشمل الوجبات السريعة والمطاعم والمقاهي التي تلبي كافة الأذواق، علاوة على المتاجر المختلفة ذات التصميم الفريد التي يمكن للزائر أن يحصل منها على الهدايا التذكارية من منتجات وارنر براذرز والمستوحاة من شخصياتها المحبوبة وتم تصميم بعضها خصيصاً لعالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي.

وقال كيفن تسوجيهارا، رئيس مجلس الإدارة والرئيس التنفيذي لوارنر براذرز: “تحظى علامة وارنر براذرز بإرث طويل يمتد لأكثر من قرن من الزمن في إنتاج وتوزيع منتجات ترفيهية ذات جودة عالية لجمهورها من مختلف أنحاء العالم، وتعتبر مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي امتداداً لهذا الإرث العريق، حيث تجمع هذه المدينة الترفيهية العالمية شخصياتنا وتحييها لتقدم لضيوفها تجربة ترفيهية فريدة ومشوقة.”

وأضاف: “سعداء بعلاقة الشراكة طويلة الأمد التي تجمعنا بشركة ميرال، ونتطلَّع لمواصلتها على الدوام.” وتُضاف “مدينة عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي” إلى باقة المدن والمعالم الترفيهية التي تحتضنها جزيرة ياس بما فيها: “عالم فيراري أبوظبي”، و”ياس ووتروورلد أبوظبي”، إضافة إلى “كلايم” المعلم الترفيهي الذي ستشهد الجزيرة افتتاحه، لينضم إلى حلبة مرسى ياس – أحد أكثر حلبات “الفورمولا 1″ تطوراً من الناحية التقنية على مستوى العالم، وياس مارينا – وجهة المطاعم والمقاهي والترفيه واللياقة العالمية، وياس مول – وجهة التسوق الأكبر في أبوظبي والتي تضم 400 متجر، وشاطئ ياس، و”ياس لينكس أبوظبي” – ملعب الجولف الحائز على المرتبة 46 عالمياً، وسبعة فنادق مميزة يتراوح تصنيفها من 3 إلى 5 نجوم.

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Introducing: Malwarebytes Browser Extension

Malwarebytes - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:21

Are you tired of all the unwanted content the world wide web offers up, whether you like it or not? It is our privilege to introduce you to the Malwarebytes Browser Extension (BETA). Or, better said, the Malwarebytes Browser Extensions, because we have one for Firefox and one for Chrome.


Malwarebytes Browser Extension delivers a safer and faster web browsing experience. It blocks malicious websites and filters out unwanted content (resulting in up to three times faster webpage load times). The filtering is not based on definitions, so the extensions can block previously-unidentified fake tech support scams and their tactics.

What will it do for your browsing experience? It prevents pop-ups, browser hijackers, and browser lockers from harassing you and interrupting your surfing. It also blocks clickbait links and fake news content, stops in-browser cryptocurrency miners, and gives other malicious content the boot. All this while relying on threat behavior patterns rather than on researchers who have to track down, identify the malware, and add it to a database of known threats. (We still need those researchers to make our products better. This is just a different, faster method.)

Speaking of behavior patterns, our browser extension is the first that heuristically identifies and blocks tech support scams‘ browser-locker pages, which scare users into calling fake tech support scammers. So it protects you from unwanted social engineering tactics as well.

Why should I use it?

This is where Malwarebytes Browser Extension can help you:

  • Protection from tech support scammers: Blocks browser hijackers, and browser lockers, which are used by scammers to drive victims to call centers that use scare tactics to sell expensive technical support (that you don’t need).
  • Faster web page load times: Popular websites download a lot of unwanted content in the background. By filtering out clickbait and ads, Malwarebytes Browser Extension BETA can speed up your webpage load time, saving your sanity and bandwidth.
  • Prevents visits to malicious pages: Protects you from inadvertently visiting bad websites that host malware content, steal your identity (phishing), load Bitcoin miners in the background, which slow down your computer, and a long list of other obnoxious behaviors that can make your online experience less than stellar.
  • Keeps your privacy private: Blocks third-party ad trackers that follow you around the Internet and target you with the same ads over and over again.

And these are the features it has to offer:

  • Malware protection: Blocks malicious programs or code that can damage your system.
  • Scam protection: Blocks online scams, including technical support scams, browser lockers, and phishing.
  • Advertising/tracker protection: Blocks third-party ads and third-party ad trackers that monitor your online activity. The number of blocked ads/trackers for a website will show beside the Malwarebytes logo in your browser.
  • Clickbait protection: Blocks content and websites that often display behavior of questionable value.
  • Potentially unwanted program (PUP) protection: Blocks the downloading of potentially unwanted programs, including toolbars and pop-ups.
Download and install Chrome

The Chrome extension can be downloaded from Google’s webstore.

Installing the extension is pretty easy. Just follow the prompts when you click “ADD TO CHROME” in the webstore.

Confirm that you want to add the Chrome extension


And you should see this prompt when the install is complete.

To double-check whether the installation was successful, you can check under Settings (use the icon that looks like three vertical dots) > More Tools > Extensions. You should find this entry:


The Firefox extension can be downloaded from the official Firefox Add-ons page. On the Add-ons page, click the “+ Add to Firefox” button and follow the prompts.

Click “Add” to confirm that you want to install the Firefox add-on.

And you should see this confirmation:

To double-check whether the installation was successful, you can check under the Menu icon (otherwise known as a hamburger, which looks like three horizontal bars). Look for “Add-ons,” and you should find this entry:


In both Chrome and Firefox, you can make adjustments to the settings of Malwarebytes Browser Extension for more granular control. To reach the settings menu, click the blue Malwarebytes logo in the browsers’ menu bar. This will show you the current protection status and two additional links.

To enable or disable individual protection features, click the “Settings” link in that prompt. This will show you a menu:

Here, you can also find information about what each protection mode guards against.

Under the “Allow List” tab, you can allow individual domains and IPs manually (in case we block something that you don’t want to be blocked). You can remove them from the list as well, if you change your mind.

Under the “About” tab, you can check the version information and, importantly, allow the telemetry from the Browser Extension to be sent to us anonymously. This will help the researchers I mentioned earlier to assess whether a domain or IP should be blocked permanently.


When the browser extensions block a site, they will show you a warning similar to this one:

The dangers are classified along the lines of the major risks that a web browser might run into:


The “blocked” page will offer a short explanation of these risks in the upper drop-down menu.

But, it’s a BETA

Why, yes, it is! So, you are using it at your own risk. Suffice it to say that both extensions have been downloaded thousands of times, and most complaints so far have been about false positives. All of these have been analyzed, and some have led to changes in the software. On a personal level, false positives are easy to resolve, as the extensions offer you the option to visit the blocked site anyway. Compared to the potential damages done by visiting a malicious site, this seems like small potatoes. It’s also possible to disable some of the features if you find them too aggressive for your liking.

We hope to be able to announce the full, official version of the Malwarebytes Browser Extension soon!

Give the Malwarebytes Browser Extensions a whirl, and stay safe out there!

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Green Monk: Blood of the Martyrs by Brandon Dayton Comic Video Trailer | Image Comics

First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:13

The thrilling continuation of the YALSA award-winning comic by BRANDON DAYTON. In a mythical Russia, a mysterious young boy is raised by an order of monks. As he grows to manhood, bizarre dreams and the call of destiny disturb the ideals of brotherhood and peace that define his idyllic home.

GREEN MONK: BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS will hit stores on September 26, 2018

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First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:12

Collects issues #1-5
PORTLAND, OR, 07/26/2018 — Critically acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso (SPY SEAL, Dick Tracy) will release a trade paperback collection of his ‘90s noir series DRY COUNTY this September.

Meet Lou Rossi, a Generation X slacker who’s drifting through an unremarkable young adulthood, completely out of step with the rave culture of early-’90s Miami. His humdrum life takes a sharp left turn when he meets—and quickly falls in love with—the young and beautiful Janet Laughton. But when she suddenly vanishes, leaving only a cryptic note behind, Lou will have to pull out all the stops to track her down.

DRY COUNTY (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0830-5, Diamond code: JUN180061) hits comic book shops on Wednesday, September 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, September 18th.

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First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:10


Discover Why Strangers On The Internet Want To Give You $100,000 in July 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 26, 2018) – BOOM! Studios unveiled today at first look at SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING: THE NO BULLSH*T GUIDE TO RUNNING A LIFE-CHANGING CAMPAIGN, the bold, irreverent, hilarious how-to guide on-sale now from bestselling Kickstarter campaign manager Derek Miller (Cyanide & Happiness), co-writer Noelle Pugh (Joking Hazard), and featuring laugh-out-loud illustrations by cartoonist Joy Ho.

SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING is packed with the collective advice and pro-tips from world-class campaign leaders who have experience raising over $30 million through successfully managing and executing several high-profile crowdfunding campaigns including Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 ($241,071) from Michael E. Peter, James Ashby, Tim Ciancio, Michael Rousselet; Augie and the Green Knight ($384,410) from Zach Weiner; OrganATTACK! ($526,274) Nick Seluk; Superbook ($2,952,508) from Andrew Jiang; G-RO ($3,307,773) from Netta Shalgi ; Pillars of Eternity ($3,986,929) from Feargus Uruqhart; and Bones I-IV ($12,380,214) from Ed Pugh. Presented in an easy-to-follow, humorous format, Miller and Pugh will teach you how to maximize your message, mechanics, and marketing.

SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING is not only a perfect guide to successful crowdfunding and making that sweet, sweet cash but it’s also one helluva fun read for anyone who wants to know about the modern business world,”said Bryce Carlson, VP of Editorial & Creative Strategy. “If you’ve ever thought about joining the growing DIY creative community or pursuing artistic freedom in the digital age, this is the book you gotta check out before you take your first steps towards success.”

SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING will be available for sale now at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and at bookstores, along with the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies will be available to purchase on digital book marketplaces, including ComiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Valiant Entertainment Adds Lysa Hawkins as New Editor

First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 17:06

Brings 20 Years of Experience from Working at Marvel and DC Comics, Including Developing the Critically Acclaimed ‘Birds of Prey’

New York, NY (July 26, 2018) – Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that veteran comics professional Lysa Hawkins has been named to the position of Editor. In her new role on the Valiant Editorial team, Hawkins will be instrumental in developing titles in the publisher’s Valiant Beyond initiative and in 2019’s slate, to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re beyond excited to have Lysa as a member of our team! Her wealth of experience, superior editing skills, and proven track record as an editor who is ahead of the curve in bringing together the right creators with the right characters make her the perfect person to galvanize Valiant’s growth,” said Executive Editor Joe Illidge. “I’ve known Lysa for years. She has the kind of positive energy and enthusiasm needed in this business. She’s worked with some of the top talents in comics, and we’re all looking forward to working with her to continue Valiant’s tradition of storytelling excellence.”

Hawkins has two decades’ worth of experience in the comic book industry, first in the Marvel Comics bullpen under Virginia Romita, then later as an editor working on titles like X-Men Unlimited, X-Men Hidden Years, Generation X, Mutant X, Spider-Man Unlimited, Domino, and Witches. She moved on to DC Comics, where she worked on Batman: Gotham Knights and Teen Titans Go, and was responsible for bringing in critically acclaimed writer Gail Simone to pen the Birds of Prey series.

“I’m super thrilled to be joining Valiant,” said Hawkins. “The company is doing such amazing work. The stories are well written, beautifully drawn, and completely engaging. It’s a universe you can sink yourself into without getting lost or confused. Plus, I get to work with my old friends again and meet new ones. How blessed am I?”

Hawkins’ hire marks the latest expansion to Valiant’s editorial team, which includes Executive Editor Joe Illidge, Editorial Director Robert Meyers, Editor Karl Bollers, and Assistant Editor David Menchel.

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Go Behind The Scenes of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1!

First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:51

Margaret Stohl and C.B. Cebulski tease Carol’s origin story


New York, NY—July 26, 2018— Carol Danvers has been involved in some of the biggest adventures in the Marvel Universe…but in her new series, she’s going back to the basics with Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, and Marguerite Sauvage at the helm.

Marvel is proud to present this behind-the-scenes look at THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, featuring Stohl and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski!

“This is a story about Carol Danvers. We’re taking Carol back to basics,” said Cebulski. “We hear that a lot, but this is something where we’re going to dance between the raindrops and find the secrets of Carol’s origins that are based in the roots of her family.”

“It’s really a family story and it’s as much about the human instead of her as her Kree powers,” added Stohl.

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Interview with Carolina Ravassa (Sombra) at SDCC 2018

First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:30

First Comics News was able to interview Carolina Ravassa, known to many as the voice of Sombra from Overwatch, at Comic-Con.  In the interview Carolina discusses this being her first San Diego Comic-Con, how she landed the role of Sombra, comparing voice and physical acting, and much more.  Another Overwatch hero stops by to say hello, so keep your eye out.

Where to find Carolina Ravassa online:


Instagram: @ravassa

Twitter: @carolinaravassa

YouTube: Hispanglosaxon

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“Purge City” Experience at SDCC 2018

First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:00


First Comics News took a trip to Purge City during Comic-Con in San Diego.  Con goers were invited to the store in order to stock up on supplies to survive the night.  They were given “purge dollars” to select what they wanted.

The event was to promote “The Purge,” a 10 episode event, coming September 4, 2018 on the USA Network.

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Weird Revisited: In Arcadia

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 11:00
Here's another of my refinements/spins on the D&D Outer Planes. This one from 2012 was expressly for the world of Weird Adventures but might be usable elsewhere.

Astral travelers sometimes finding themselves passing through a veil of mists and arriving in the apotheosis of sylvan settings, the realm of Arcadia. In this plane dwell forgotten woodland spirits and pastoral gods and creatures out of myth.

Arcadia is hyper-real; it seems more vibrant and alive than the material plane. Smells and tastes seem directly drawn from the most vivid examples in memory; everything is in technicolor and imbued with a faint glow. The world itself is alive--with potentially communicative spirits in everything. Night and day and shifts of weather are sentimental things, sensitive to the meaning of events or the mood of powerful beings.

Arcadia borders other related realms. The Land of Faerie emerges from it (though this realm also has tunnels linking it to the Lower Planes). There is also the Land of Beasts, where the iconic animal lords dwell, ruled over by King Lion.

Despite it’s ties to age-old fables, the Land of Beasts keeps up with the expectations of modern visitors. Adventures from the City have found there home mirrored there in a city of anthropomorphic animals who frequent nightclubs and drive cars. The Cat Lord can often be found here, in the swankest of night-spots.

Magical practitioners view Arcadia and its neighboring realms as places to salvage materials and items out of myth and legend, and to parley with powers that--though perhaps consciously forgotten--still retain great mythic resonance in Man's unconscious.  As with all extraplanar dealings, caution is warranted: These primal beings have agendas of their own.


First Comics News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 07:18

One of the great joys for regular readers of our long-running Men of Mystery Golden Age costumed-hero reprint series is seeing in-print examples of little-known champions of that bygone era. November’s MOM #110, “Mondo Obscuro”, plays up the rarities in spades.

This issue of MOM does feature a full half-dozen “stars”- major characters that had long-running series and/or their own titles; including cover feature MINUTE MAN in a never-previously-reprinted story drawn by Phil Bard. In addition, there will be top-flight adventures starring LADY LUCK (with art by Klaus Nordling), FLINT BAKER, The GREEN LAMA (from his Prize Comics run), The BLACK OWL and BLACKHAWK.

Beyond that, things get particularly interesting.

We’ll present an episode of Frank Thomas’ wonderful The OWL, another of the seldom-seen insect-hero from the late-1940’s “proto-Charlton ” publisher Frank R. Communale Pubs- The YELLOWJACKET; one story each of three seldom-seen heroes from the Novelty Press line, the freeze-powered SUB-ZERO; The TARGET (and his Targeteers), and the Mickey Spillane creation (drawn by the great Paul Gustavson), The TWISTER. We’ve previously reprinted one or two other stories of these characters in previous issues, but no more than that.

The centerpiece of this issue is the six, count ’em SIX weird, wild and wooly, never-before-seen (since their original printings in the 1940’s) heroes presented for the edification of discerning Men of Mystery readers.

Get ready for full-story reprints of MAJOR VICTORY, DYNAMIC BOY (Both from Major Victory Comics), The RED KNIGHT (out of Red Dragon Comics), MIRROR MAN, The TRIPLE TERROR (both from Tip Top Comics) and RADIOR (from the extremely rare Key Ring Comics!!!

We feel confident in assuring all readers (and potential readers) that you’ve never seen any of these stories ( let alone the characters starring in them) in print anywhere unless you happen to OWN any of the high-priced, moldering collectible copies of their original GA appearances.

If you are fascinated by the comic books of the First Heroic era, vintage panelology in general, or obscure heroes, you can’t miss this issue!

Men of Mystery #110, 140 pages of crisp, clean black & white full-story reprints of actual vintage comic book heroes; standard comic book size and saddle-stitched inside a full-color cover, for $29.95.

Coming in November from AC Comics.

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Looking For Group - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 04:00

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Torchbearer Sagas: Roost of the Condor Queen

Torchbearer RPG - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 17:26

The fine folks at Mordite Press are at it again. Roost of the Condor Queen will take your Torchbearer characters to the Otherworldly tree-city of Puku to plumb the mysteries of the cloudspeakers and win the precious treasures and magical artifacts of the Condor Queen!

Check it out!

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

1d6 Random Low Level Dire Plots From Around The Colosseum Table For Your Old School Sword & Sorcery Games

Swords & Stitchery - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:52
The blood spatters the ground & the crowd goes wild, from across the empire have been brought slaves & not all men. Through the thick roar of the crowd a lone woman leaves the thick of blood combat & makes her way along the thick marble stairs. She looks beyond distraught as she's watched another of her husband's friends die at the bloody end  sword of a sharp sword. But she has a plan & inNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Trojans: What’s the real deal?

Malwarebytes - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:40

The fictional Greeks hiding in their legendary Trojan horse would probably be excited to learn that the default Wiki page for Trojan is, in fact, their big wooden horse thingy (vs. computer infections or dubious businesses).

Sorry, fictional ancient Greek warriors. It’s not that we don’t think you’re a big deal—that film with Brad Pitt was at least a 6 out of 10. It’s just that at this point in time, the Trojans we’re most concerned about are the tiny ones that sneak onto your PC under cover of darkness, then lay waste to Troy.

And by Troy I mean our PCs.

The term “Trojan” as we understand it first came to life in the 1970s, used in a USAF report about vulnerabilities in computers [PDF]. The application of said digital Trojan horse is fairly straightforward: a computer program, pretending to be something it’s not, is installed and executed on the target system. For example, a victim could open up a file named dolphin.exe and thinks they’re looking at a fun game called Dolphin. But in reality, all of their personal information is being harvested covertly and sent back to base.

The Trojan hall of shame

The first big-name Trojans many of us in the IT space may remember dealing with date back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. That includes Netbus, Bifrost, and Sub7, though the bulk of the cybercrime spoils went to the notorious Zeus in 2007. After that, Trojans were in business, with DarkComet, the Blackhole exploit kit, which would (for example) push Java or Carberp Trojans, and Koobface (an anagram of Facebook), which would typically pretend to be a video as bait to install a worm.

Most of these have long since gone to the great wooden horse paddock in the sky, but Zeus continues to linger by virtue of having its code leaked in 2011, forming the building blocks for many, many Trojan attacks since then.

Social engineering at its finest

Fittingly, social engineering plays a major part in the Trojan proceedings. A splash of societal pressure, or even just a “Hey, this is cool” is often enough to get someone to compromise their personal computer by their own hand.

You’ve won this free thing! Click here and take a look!

Wait, are hackers bearing gifts now? Though there are no ancient Trojan warriors offering up towering wooden structures, you can bet there’ll be a wide variety of confidence tricks on display. You might get a cool laptop sticker or a pair of novelty-branded socks at an event. Or, you might get this:

Email: Hi, check out this adorable dolphin! Run this file dolphin.exe, it’s great!
Social media: Enter our sweepstakes to win an adorable dolphin!!! Be sure to run dolphin.exe to stand a chance of winning.
Instant messaging: Adorable dolphin webcams. Only $4.99 a month! Download this dolphincam.exe to get started.
Suspiciously abandoned USB stick: Wow, you’ve found my suspiciously abandoned USB stick. Way to go! If you want to return my adorable dolphin photos, please run adorabledolphinphotos.exe to see my address.

Despite the variance in attack methods described above, they’re all using executables disguised as harmless files (Trojans). Types of Trojan vary wildly and encompass everything from government-developed files to people on forums making their own special home-brew versions. We’ve listed the main categories of Trojans below.

Types of Trojans Financial

Plenty of financially-motivated Trojans exist, typically doubling up with keyloggers to try and exfiltrate online banking information. Some may try and snoop connections by performing man-in-the-middle attacks, or dropping a fake bank login page on the PC so the victim happily hands over their credentials. Others take an alternative approach and simply scan the PC for anything that looks like login data stored in a text file, or insecure passwords saved in a browser.


Backdoor the system, and the sky’s the limit. However, botnets are an old favourite of malware authors, and dropping some files that can take commands from a Command & Control server is just what the doctor ordered. Once tagged into a botnet, your machine’s power as a rogue node is amplified many times over, alongside its compromised brethren. In situations where the attackers aren’t particularly interested in your personal information, they may well just use you to join in on a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack instead.


The ubiquitous ransomware is often served up to potential victims disguised as something else in order to lock up the target PC then demand a ransom. It could be delivered via malspam or phishing and spearphishing campaigns, which tricked users into opening emails from untrustworthy sources.

General data collection/system tampering

The intention behind using a Trojan may be to try and grab card details, or personal information, or download additional malware files, or even just sit quietly in the background and monitor all activity for reasons known only to the attackers. It’s really up to the attacker, and as a result, the definition of “Trojan” can sometimes be murky.

For example, droppers and downloaders are two types of Trojans that do exactly what their names suggest: adding additional bad files onto the system. But what’s the motivation for adding more bad files? Maybe they just want to keep an eye on things for a later date, installing a remote administration tool that keeps a backdoor open and gathers fresh data as you go about your business. Maybe some of your browsing habits trigger another social engineering attack, which attackers can now do easily with access to your system. Or perhaps the data gathered on you is sold to other organizations for marketing purposes, and now you can’t stop getting junk email.

This is nowhere near an exhaustive list, but just an example of the kind of mischief Trojans can cause and create.

Gift horse, mouth, do not look

Regardless of intention, turning your PC into an open access gateway for Trojan dolphins—er, horses—is a bad idea indeed. Even if the initial Trojan is removed from the computer (assuming it hasn’t already self deleted), there’s often no way of telling what else has been placed onboard.

Unlike some other forms of attack, Trojans never really go out of fashion. Only a few weeks ago, fake Fortnite files were causing waves over in Androidland, promising free game points but offering up unrelated downloads instead. Social engineering will never go away, and dressing up a rogue file in attractive packaging goes a long way toward compromising a system.

Feel free to read up on our many social engineering posts because that’ll give you a great head start against your horsey adversary. And if the ancient Greeks had practiced better deduction and use of common sense—You’re in the middle of war. Why invite a giant wooden structure inside your walls?!—they would have surely vanquished the clever Trojans.

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