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2008-12-08 08:30:00

Marshal8e6 Trace Team security experts say botnet is again spamming in large volumes ORANGE, Calif. and BASINGSTOKE, England, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- One of three major botnets shut down as a result of the closure of major spam hosting provider, McColo, has been re-established and is back spamming in large volumes, say experts from the Marshal8e6 TRACElabs. McColo was shut down by its ISP on November 11 following a journalist's inquiries about illicit spam activities. Subsequently, the...

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2008-11-26 14:40:00

When authorities shut down the Web hosting company McColo two weeks ago, the amount of worldwide spam plummeted by roughly two-thirds.  However, experts report that spam is now on the rise, and most believe it will soon reach its prior levels. According to messaging security firm IronPort Systems, spam remains at a level less than half that prior to the McColo shutdown. MessageLabs, however, says the level is at roughly two-thirds.  McColo hosted a number of "command and control"...

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2008-10-31 17:15:00

A virus described as "one of the most advanced pieces of crimeware ever created" was responsible for the theft of around 500,000 online bank accounts and credit and debit cards, the RSA said. The RSA, which helps to secure networks in Fortune 500 companies, said the Sinowal Trojan virus has infected computers all over the planet. The virus compromised over 2000 domains globally, according to Sean Brady of RSA's security division. "This is a serious incident on a very noticeable scale and we...

2008-09-12 12:00:14

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Basic Web browsing is all it takes to infect your computer with a bot that turns it into an international spam server, or worse. But cleaning up a bot-infected PC is a lot tougher, since most anti-virus software doesn't catch bots' constantly morphing signatures, says Ra Security co-founder Gideon Lenkey in a video tutorial posted today on the Internet Evolution Website. Click here to view the botnet tutorial:...

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2008-09-04 11:15:00

Security experts say the summer saw a surge in the number of hijacked home PCs or "zombies". Zombie numbers are tracked worldwide by the Shadowserver Foundation, they've seen at least a threefold increase in the last three months. It said more than 450,000 computers are now part of zombie networks, or botnets, run by hi-tech criminals. They say the rise is linked to attacks that booby-trap websites to try to infect the machines of visitors. Criminals recruit new machines to a botnet to create...

2008-08-29 06:00:31

BT has expanded its global event monitoring and correlation service to include the defense of enterprise networks from malicious botnet attacks. The company said a botnet detection module identifies hosts within a network that are under the control of botnets and then assists the customer with quarantine and remediation efforts. The service also summarizes the botnet activity into daily reports to form a historical record to prioritize remediation and policy activity. BT expanded its...

2008-08-12 09:00:55

Cyber criminals are using 'blended attacks' to distribute malware and links to hacked websites via email on an unprecedented scale. Unpatched browsers are putting more than 45 percent of Internet users at risk when they visit legitimate Websites infected with malicious code. Three botnets are responsible for 75 percent of all spam, pumping out billions of messages every hour through zombie clients and being used to launch mass attacks on Websites. These are the key findings of the Marshal...

2008-08-10 03:00:10

By Anonymous IT MAY SOUND LIKE A THIRD-RATE HORROR film, but the botnets like Storm Worm are causing businesses on the internet grief. Botnets are a collective mass of infected computers - and Storm Worm is the world's largest, generating 20 per cent of all world spam, according to a provider of web security services, Messagelab. The company says the growth in spam and virus activity is due to the rapid increase in the number of internet users in countries such as India and China. Its...

2008-08-07 09:00:24

The Rustock botnet has moved into first place as the world's single largest source of spam after an unprecedented wave of malicious spam, say experts from Marshal's TRACE Team (Threat Research and Content Engineering). The latest Rustock malicious spam campaign uses headlines, purporting to be from CNN, covering prominent current events such as the Olympics. Rustock has surpassed the Srizbi botnet for the first time as the world's largest spam producing botnet. Srizbi has held the title...

2008-07-23 15:00:47

By MONAHAN, Kate A teenage computer hacker from Whitianga who infected 1.3 million computers worldwide avoided conviction this week. His skills are so highly regarded that Police might use him to fight other cyber crime. Kate Monahan reports. -------------------- THE LINGO Malware: Another term for computer virus software. The term is derived from the word malicious, and malware is generally no good. It can remotely infect computers and take them over. Bot: A computer which is under...