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2009-08-04 18:57:05

The Conficker botnet, released as an April Fools' joke, seems to still be around, a U.S. computer security officer said. ABC News reported more than 5.5 million computers remain infected by the convincingly written rogue computer code that contained a vague threat April 1. Most of the infestations are in Vietnam, China and Brazil. The gang behind Conficker are no fools. They know coding, development cycles, crypto. They are clever and are watching us, their enemy in the security industry,...

2009-07-26 07:36:54

Fake Internet postcards circulating through e-mail inboxes worldwide are carrying links to the virus known as Zeus Bot, said Gary Warner, director of computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Zeus Bot has been named America's most pervasive computer Botnet virus by Network World magazine, reportedly infecting 3.6 million U.S. computers. "These fake postcards ask users to click and download to view the contents, and as soon as that click is made the Zeus Bot malware...

2009-05-19 07:00:00

Company Chosen for Prestigious Award over Thousands of Applicants ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Damballa, Inc., the only security company focused on protecting enterprises from bot-driven targeted attacks, today announced the company has won the 2009 Red Herring 100. To be selected as a Red Herring 100 winner or finalist is a mark of distinction and validates the problems solved by innovators like Damballa by placing a focus on the significance and difference these solutions make in their...

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2009-04-24 15:10:00

Just as many computer security experts began to believe it was a fluke, the Conficker virus apparently slowly became active weeks after its expected April 1 launch date. The worm, which started spreading to millions of computers last year, appears to be turning its infected hosts into servers for e-mail spam, security experts told Reuters. Analysts have yet to discover the source of the malware, but Vincent Weafer, a vice president with Symantec Security Response said the creators began using...

2009-04-22 15:20:23

U.S. computer security experts say they have discovered a botnet of 1.9 million secretly infected zombie PCs controlled by a Ukrainian gang. The San Jose, Calif., computer security firm Finjan said the six-member cybergang since February has instructed the infected computers to copy files, record keystrokes, send spam and take screenshots in one the largest-ever botnets controlled by a single gang ever found, Cnet.com reported Wednesday. Finjan marketing director Ophir Shalitin, speaking to...

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2009-04-22 15:53:43

Security experts say malicious hackers have taken over almost two million PCs globally, including machines inside UK and US government departments, BBC News reported. Finjan Security said it traced the giant network of remotely controlled PCs, known as a botnet, back to a gang of cyber criminals in the Ukraine, adding that several PCs inside six UK government bodies were compromised by the botnet. The Cabinet Office, which is charged with setting standards for the use of information...

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2009-04-08 12:55:00

According to a recent report issued by Microsoft's security wing, more than 97% of the e-mails sent daily over the internet are spam. The overwhelming majority of spam-mail consists of product advertisements, many of which contain hidden computer viruses.  The report also found that nearly 1% of computers worldwide are infected by viruses contracted from these e-mails. The report also noted that innocuous documents sent as Office and PDF attachments are also being targeted by online...

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2009-03-28 12:27:22

On Wednesday (April Fools' Day), security experts say the fast-moving Conficker computer worm, which has infected at least 3 million PCs, is set to wreak even more havoc, the Associated Press reported. Users with infected machines could see more aggressive action from the worm's creators over the Internet, triggering the program to send more spam, infections, and clog networks with traffic. The worm could cause massive network outages and may even have the potential to be a possible...

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2009-03-22 07:50:00

Some of the world's top computer security experts are fighting a spectacular cat-and-mouse battle with the brazen creator of a malicious software program known as Conficker, according to a New York Times report. The program received global attention late last year when it began infecting millions of machines with malicious code, which ties together the infected computers into something known as a botnet. Botnets are used to send the vast majority of e-mail spam messages, which are often the...

2009-03-19 10:45:37

Investigators say they are still baffled by a computer virus so gnarly that U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. has put a price on the author's head. When investigators moved in close by gaining control of 250 Internet domain names the program was designed to leverage to forward instructions to infected computers, the author of the virus, known as the Conficker worm, upped the ante, expanding the program to include 50,000 Internet domain targets, The New York Times reported Thursday. Some...