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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...

2008-07-19 15:00:22

WANDER into a university, take to its computers with an axe and you're likely to have some tough questions to answer, a conviction on your record and somewhat dimmed employment prospects. Do the same thing using zombie armies of computers unleashed in the vast hunting grounds of the Internet to turn vulnerable PCs into spam- spewing monsters, give yourself a cool name and you can expect to stroll out of court. You'll have an unblemished record because a conviction would dim your bright...

2008-07-01 06:00:22

MessageLabs, the leading provider of messaging and web security services to businesses worldwide, today announced the results of its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for June 2008. Analysis highlights that the number of new malicious websites blocked each day has risen by 58 percent in June to its highest level since April 2007. The rise in malicious websites, according to MessageLabs, is linked to a rise in the number of spyware and adware sites being blocked. "Web-based malware has become a...

2008-06-25 09:02:38

The volume of malicious spam in circulation has more than tripled in one week, according to new research from Marshal's TRACE team. This sharp increase can be largely attributed to the Srizbi botnet, which is currently responsible for 46 percent of all spam sent. Malicious spam jumped from 3 percent of total spam traffic at the start of June to 9.9 percent the following week. 'Malicious spam' is spam that isn't designed to sell a product or service, but is intended specifically to infect...


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