Latest Botnets Stories

Microsoft Accuses Antivirus Ex-Employee Of Creating Kelihos Botnet
2012-01-24 13:35:07

Microsoft said on Monday that a former employee of antivirus company Agnitum is responsible for the operations of the Kelihos botnet. The company said that Andrey N. Sabelnikov, a citizen of Russia, is responsible for the malware. Kelihos was used to send out spam and spread malware to "thousands of PCs", until it was neutralized in 2011. "Microsoft presented evidence to the court that Mr Sabelnikov wrote the code for and either created, or participated in creating, the Kelihos...

2011-12-29 14:00:00

Prolexic Technologies, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation services, today announced it has issued a threat advisory for Dirt Jumper, a high-risk DDoS toolkit that can be used to launch application layer attacks on web sites. Prolexic has also developed a security-scanning tool that can be used to detect Dirt Jumper command and control servers. The threat advisory and scanner can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.prolexic.com/threatadvisories....

2011-07-19 10:50:00

Software giant Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those controlling the Rustock virus, The Los Angeles Times is reporting. The infamous Rustock was at one time responsible for turning an estimated 1 million computers worldwide into spamming machines, churning out billions of spam emails. The reward offer comes a few months after Microsoft, law enforcement and industry partners took down the botnet in March by...

2011-07-05 02:59:00

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. and ZURICH, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VASCO Data Security Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI; www.vasco.com ), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products, today announces the results of its aXsGUARD Gatekeeper Internet Threat Survey. 400 small and medium enterprises with 5 to 250 internet users were surveyed during 2010. The survey focused on mail and web traffic. The main conclusion is that, starting from September, a tremendous decline in the...

2011-06-30 10:00:00

Security experts said one of the world's stealthiest botnets has infected more than 4.5 million PCs and allows its authors to force keyloggers, adware, and other malicious programs on the compromised systems at any given time. The botnet, known as TDL, was first noticed in 2008 and quickly got the attention of top security experts because of its long list of highly advanced features. The TDL-4 rootkit is virtually undetectable by antivirus programs, and its use of low-level instructions...

2011-04-16 00:00:27

Unveillance, a new data leak intelligence organization recently announced the launch of their new cloud-based botnet intelligence platform. In the wake of the recent high profile takedown of the Coreflood botnet by the FBI, the Unveillance Intelligence Platform is aimed at providing real time intelligence to the corporate and government sectors to aid with identification and ultimate remediation of infections resulting in botnet participation. Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) April 15, 2011 Today...

2011-04-14 06:00:00

The FBI and Justice Department announced Wednesday they have disabled a huge network of virus-infected computers used to steal passwords and financial data by cyber criminals. In a joint statement, the agencies said the network, operating as the "Coreflood" botnet, is believed to have been in operation for nearly ten years and could have been behind infections of more than two million computers worldwide. Charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and illegal interception of electronic...

2011-03-18 13:45:00

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday that it has helped in taking down one of the biggest producers of spam email in a joint effort with federal authorities across the U.S. The company said its legal action against the operator of the Rustock 'botnet' led to raids across the country on Thursday, which effectively shut the network down. Tech security bloggers who follow the activities of botnets around the world noticed a sharp dip in spam email coming from the Rustock network, which some say is...

2011-03-07 18:01:00

BRUSSELS and HERAKLION, Greece, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The EU's 'cyber security' Agency, ENISA today published a comprehensive study on the botnet threat (networks of ordinary computers controlled by cybercriminals),and how to address it. The report looks at the reliability of botnet size estimates and makes recommendations for all groups involved in the fight against botnets. Alongside the main report the Agency sets out the top 10 key issues for policymakers in- 'Botnets: 10 Tough...

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