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Android Botnet Caught Red-handed
2012-07-06 04:20:56

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It's an evil triangle that touches all three of the major search engines. Microsoft engineer Terri Zink uncovered spam revealing a botnet running on Android mobile phones using Yahoo! Mail. The good news, if there is any, is that the malware is somewhat traceable due to the Yahoo! Mail IP addresses listed in the headers of the email. Zink, who writes the Cyber Security Blog on MSDN Blogs, identified the spam messages earlier this...

White House Officials Declare War On Botnets
2012-05-31 10:47:31

Officials from the White House have announced a coordinated effort with several trade groups and private companies to combat botnets, reports Grant Gross from IDG News Service. Members of the Industry Botnet Group (IBG) will share information, educate users and promote innovation with the aim of mitigating threats. Members have agreed to report on attacks and the measures they´ve used to combat infected networks, members of President Obama´s administration announced....

2012-05-30 02:29:51

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) CEO and President Glen F. Post, III was among the high-ranking government and industry leaders who participated in a White House event today highlighting successful public-private partnerships to stop cyber attacks like botnets. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090602/DA26511LOGO) Botnets are networks of personal computers that have been infected by malware and become remotely controlled by criminals who use...

2012-05-30 02:29:24

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Michael Kaiser, released the following statement on the announcements today by the Internet Botnet Group (IBG): (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110504/DC95016LOGO) "NCSA is thrilled to part of this voluntary effort by industry, trade associations, and non-profits to collaborate on the fight against botnets and malware. Botnets pose real risks to computer...

2012-05-30 02:29:06

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, at a White House event discussing the risk botnets pose to Internet security, the Industry Botnet Group (IBG), a multi-industry group committed to working together to combat cyber threats, released its Principles for Voluntary Efforts to Reduce the Impact of Botnets in Cyberspace. The principles are designed to mitigate the threat of botnets through collaboration, education, and voluntary, flexible practices that can apply to a wide...

2012-05-29 10:24:47

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Who: Michael DeCesare, Co-President at McAfee, will deliver a speech at "Building Cybersecurity Partnerships and Promoting Voluntary Action: Stopping Botnets", which is being hosted by White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt. What: The White House, in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce (DOC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is deeply committed and currently engaged with industry leadership to convene and...

2012-05-29 06:26:02

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Who: Michael DeCesare, Co-President at McAfee, will deliver a speech at "Building Cybersecurity Partnerships and Promoting Voluntary Action: Stopping Botnets", which is being hosted by White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt. What: The White House, in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce (DOC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is deeply committed and currently engaged with industry leadership to convene and...

Malware Explosion Reported By McAfee Labs
2012-05-24 11:08:42

Computer security experts at McAfee Labs are reporting a surge of malware on Google´s Android mobile operating system and are advising that PC users should be watching their desktops and laptops more closely than ever for malware and trojans, writes Rachel King for ZD Net. McAfee´s threat report for the first quarter of 2011 highlights that PC malware has reached its highest levels in four years. The primary attacks were increases in rootkits and password stealers, the latter of...

Cyber Attacks Jump 81% In 2011, Mobile Threats On The Rise
2012-05-01 07:48:30

The number of cyber attacks jumped 81% in 2011, with mobile platforms like Google´s Android operating system increasingly being targeted, according to an annual “Internet Security Threat Report” released on Monday by security software vendor Symantec. Social networks are also increasingly under attack, and represent a new frontier for cyber criminals, Symantec said. "The very nature of these [social] networks makes users incorrectly assume they are not at risk and...

Sophos Finds Traces Of More Mac Malware, Windows Users Should Also Take Note
2012-04-27 14:22:54

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com Mac users who haven´t already installed the recent system updates should take this story as a very stern reminder that they are still at high risk of contracting malware on their machines. English security firm Sophos has identified a new malware attack which not only targets Mac users, but Windows users as well. Just like the 2 recent malware attacks which topped the headlines for weeks now, this new malware attack takes advantage of the same Java...