Latest Botnets Stories

Symantec Attacks ZeroAccess Botnet
2013-10-01 12:00:31

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Computer security firm Symantec dealt a blow to cybercriminals this week as the firm disabled one of the world’s largest networks of infected computers. About 500,000 hijacked computers were taken out of the 1.9 million or so ZeroAccess botnet the company reported on Monday. These so-called “zombie” computers were used for advertising and online currency fraud as well as to infect other machines. These computers are used to...

Massive Data Leak Discovered In Three Large US Data Providers
2013-09-26 08:33:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After several months of investigations, security researcher Brian Krebs has pinpointed a massive data leak to weak points in three large US data providers. Though the FBI began its own investigations in March, Krebs now says a site that releases the birthdays and social security numbers of several public figures gets its information from a “small but very potent” botnet. Following the report, data brokers D&B, LexisNexis...

Malware Re-invented To Generate Social Media Buzz
2013-08-18 04:42:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A virus that originally surfaced over five years ago to swipe credit card numbers and banking information has reportedly been modified in order to pursue a more lucrative target – social media likes and followers. Certainly, it sounds ludicrous, but according to Reuters, a fake fan on a website like Instagram can actually be worth five-times more than a stolen credit card number. To that end, the Zeus malware has been modified...

2013-07-17 23:20:13

A new variation of the notorious Zeus “bank robbing virus” has hit Facebook. Experts at Online Virus Repair Inc. urge internet-browsers to exercise caution and be on the lookout for the new malware. San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2013 Cyber-criminals have unleashed a new variation of the dreaded Zeus Banking Trojan which spreads via Facebook, stealing personal information. The new virus poses a serious threat because of its ability to infect computers, sneaking by even the...

Microsoft FBI Take Down 500M Botnet
2013-06-06 10:59:21

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Microsoft´s Digital Crimes Unit (MDCU) has taken down another large botnet which was responsible for stealing more than $500 million from infected users. Working again with the FBI, the MDCU was able to take down at least 1,000 Citadel botnets, with only another 400 estimated remaining. The botnets have been infecting computers and stealing from bank accounts for the past 18 months. Some 5 million computers were thought to...

Old Bank Account-Draining Virus Found Spreading On Facebook
2013-06-06 11:31:53

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An old virus is gaining some new life on Facebook, infecting users on PCs and even Android and BlackBerry mobile operating systems. The Trojan virus “Zeus” steals passwords and banking information before emptying out entire accounts. Zeus has been floating around the Internet for nearly six years and now security experts at TrendLabs say it´s been picking up steam by infecting Facebookers and their friends....

2013-05-22 23:19:33

Largest cyberattack ever recorded slows down entire Internet. Virus removal experts warn zombie computer attacks are only going to increase in severity and scale. San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013 As the zombie pop culture phenomenon continues to roll on, there is a real undead army lurking and waiting to attack unsuspected victims. But this isn´t an episode of The Walking Dead or the latest Hollywood zombie blockbuster. It´s the millions of computers left vulnerable to...

2013-05-10 23:03:39

Session Will Address How Companies Can Combat Cybercriminals at the Points of Login, New Account Origination, and Wire Transfers. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) May 10, 2013 ThreatMetrix, the fastest-growing provider of integrated cybercrime prevention solutions, today announced that it is speaking and exhibiting at e-Crime Russia on May 15 at the Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Stephen Topliss, ThreatMetrix´s services and support director, EMEA, will present on May 15 from...

Rogue Researchers Find Web Is A Very Unsecured Place
2013-03-21 14:10:21

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Research isn´t always pretty. Sometimes some crude methods must be employed to find the real truth of the matter. For instance, a group of unnamed and informal researchers recently created a botnet to scour the web and look for unsecured devices. What started out as a joke resulted in a good piece of data which reveals just how unsecured much of the web can be. The botnet was used to send out messages to random IP...

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