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2010-03-03 07:35:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA CONFERENCE 2010 -- According to IT security firms Panda Security and Defence Intelligence, the Mariposa botnet, a massive network of infected computers designed to steal sensitive information, has been shutdown and three suspected criminals accused of operating the botnet have been arrested by Spanish law enforcement. Mariposa stole account information for social media sites and other online email services, usernames and passwords, banking...

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2010-02-27 08:25:00

Is it possible to hide honeypot traps from Botnet drones Armies of networked computers that have been compromised by malicious software are commonly known as Botnets. Such Botnets are usually used to carry out fraudulent and criminal activity on the Internet. Now, writing in the International Journal of Information and Computer Security, US computer scientists reveal that the honeypot trap designed to protect computers from Botnets are now vulnerable to attack because of advances in Botnet...

2010-02-18 07:00:00

HERNDON , Va., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NetWitness, the world leader in advanced persistent threat detection and real-time network forensics, announced today that its analysts have discovered a dangerous new ZeuS botnet affecting 75,000 systems in 2,500 organizations around the world. The newly-discovered infestation, dubbed the "Kneber botnet" after the username linking the infected systems worldwide, gathers login credentials to online financial systems, social networking sites and email...

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2009-12-31 05:55:00

According to Web security company McAfee Labs, social networking sites will face an increase in complex and sophisticated hacks in 2010. With the fear of new attacks on the rise, law enforcement is expected to up its game on cyber crime as well. The increased use of applications found on Facebook and other services allows cyber criminals an easy way to attack users. They "will take advantage of friends trusting friends to click links they might otherwise treat cautiously," McAfee said....

2009-10-20 13:20:00

ATLANTA, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Damballa, Inc., a security company focused on protecting enterprises from botnet breaches, today announced that it has joined the McAfee® Security Innovation Alliance(TM) (SIA) partner program. As a member of the program, Damballa will integrate its Failsafe(TM) botnet identification and mitigation appliances with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator® (ePO(TM)) platform. This combination will give enterprises greater...

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...

2009-04-22 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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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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