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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...

Ungodly Battle: Microsoft Versus Zeus
2012-03-26 10:55:44

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com Software giant Microsoft, working closely with the United States Marshals Service, launched what it is calling its ℠most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date,´ seizing hundreds of web addresses in an attempt to bring down Zeus-based botnets. According to a New York Times report, US marshals raided offices in Pennsylvania and Illinois on Friday, March 23, to shut down servers and obtain evidence for a civil suit Microsoft brought against...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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