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2012-10-23 07:33:14

MCLEAN, Virginia, October 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Commtouch(R) (NASDAQ: CTCH), a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for security companies and service providers, today released its October 2012 Commtouch Internet Trends Report [http://www.commtouch.com/threat-report-oct-2012 ]. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120501/529254 ) Android Malware on the Rise Android malware continues to grow - both in volume and in the number of variants of...

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2012-09-13 17:37:01

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Cyber security can be tough. Surfing the web and using online tools can sometimes feel like walking through a darkened alley. You keep your eyes peeled, always checking your back and looking for the closest escape, just in case. As careful as they may be, what´s a web-user to do when their brand new PC arrives at their door loaded with malware before they ever plug it into the series of tubes and wires that is the World Wide...

Cyber Terrorist Sentenced To 30 Months For Botnet Scheme
2012-09-07 10:47:07

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cyber terrorism fighters everywhere have scored a small victory this week as Joshua Schichtel was sentenced to thirty months in prison for running a botnet that infected some 72,000 computers. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Schichtel sold command and control access to his botnet and confirmed that he was being paid $1,500 by at least one customer to have access to it. Schichtel plead guilty last year to a single count of...

Spam Botnet Defeated
2012-07-19 14:52:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online You can put your children safely to bed tonight with an easy mind: Internet security experts last night were able to take down and defeat Grum, the world´s third-largest botnet. According to the researchers responsible for hunting down the botnet and delivering the final blow, Grum was so large, it was responsible for nearly 18% of the world´s spam, sending out 18 million spammy messages a day. FireEye – The...

Remove DNSChanger Malware Or Lose Internet Access
2012-07-05 13:49:04

Will This Monday Become Malware Mania Day? John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Warnings have been splashed across Facebook and Google, internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website. However, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their internet service Monday unless they check for (and remove) malware on their computers that may have installed itself on their machines more than a year ago. The Associated Press reports...

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2012-05-24 19:13:56

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com The creator of the Bredolab botnet–a 2010 bot used mostly to send spam emails–has just been sentenced to 4 years in prison by an Armenian district court. Gregory Avanesov, a 27-year-old Russian of Armenian descent, was sentenced on charges of creating and distributing the Bredolab virus. In the end, his botnet is said to have infected more than 30 million computers globally, stealing passwords and other private information, as well as pushing...

Algorithms Can Catch And Stop Botnets
2012-05-02 04:22:44

Image Credit: Photos.com --- Indian computer scientists have developed an algorithm which can be used to not only catch a botnet on a computer network, but also to stop the malware from inflicting any harm upon a machine. The scientists will explain their 2-pronged approach in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing. Botnets have been making their rounds in the headlines as of late when it was discovered the Flashback malware had infected...

Flashback Botnet May Have Earned Its Creators $10,000 A Day
2012-05-01 14:49:16

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com The Flashback botnet has been busy lately. Not only has it been making headlines for nearly a month, it´s also been avoiding security patches and infecting Mac´s all the while. Now, a new report from security firm Symantec shows the Flashback botnet was also busy earning its makers cold hard cash to the tune of $10,000 a day. At the height of its infection, the Flashback botnet controlled an estimated 700,000 Windows and OS X machines. According...

Apple Acknowledges Flashback, Seeks Heads
2012-04-11 11:37:46

Michael Harper for Redorbit.com Less than 5 days after the news broke of a new malware threat to Macintosh computers, Apple has not only acknowledged the issue, but has also announced they plan to attack it head on. A Russian security and anti-virus software maker Dr. Web made news last week when they announced the new return of an old threat, the Flashback malware Trojan. With more than 600,000 infected Macs. Dr. Web also noted there were 274 infected Macs at Apple´s own...

Beware Mac Users: Flashback Botnet Issue Discovered
2012-04-05 07:41:35

Russian Security Firm Dr. Web says they´ve discovered a botnet infecting nearly half a million Macs worldwide. The firm made their announcement on Wednesday about the more than 550,000 infected Macs. Later in the day, however, their malware specialist Sorokin Ivan increased this number, saying he had discovered more than 600,000 Macs on the botnet, with 274 of these Macs located at Apple´s headquarters in Cupertino, according to Ars Technica. Though no other security firm has...