Latest Storm botnet Stories

2009-01-20 11:25:00

Hackers may still have plans for the millions of computers infected by the Conficker virus, security experts said. Low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without current security updates are still within the worms reach. The malicious program - also called Downadup or Kido - was first discovered in October 2008 and experts believe its spread appears to be leveling off. However, there are fears someone could easily take control of any and all of the 9.5 million PCs that have come under...

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...

2008-08-10 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...

2008-07-30 18:00:29

By Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 30--Yet another round of spam e-mails that instructs recipients to click on a link that downloads a virus is making the rounds. This time the e-mails include a link that contains an article about the FBI and the popular social networking site, Facebook. The e-mails come with a the subject that reads "F.B.I. vs. facebook," but the link contains Storm Worm virus that installs malicious software known as malware. Malware is a program that...

2008-07-28 12:00:34

A new malware distribution scheme performed via spam messages aimed at tricking computer users to download and install malicious applications on their computers has been identified by BitDefender(R), an award-winning provider of antivirus software and data security solutions, today. The malware distribution campaign is based on news fragments involving Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Barack Obama. The e-mail messages direct unsuspecting users to a webpage that allegedly contains a video...

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...

2006-03-07 01:15:00

By Michael Kahn SAN FRANCISCO -- Cyber criminals are stepping up smaller, more targeted attacks as they seek to avoid detection and reap bigger profits by stealing personal and financial information, according to a report issued on Monday. Symantec Corp.'s Internet Security Threat report said during the second half of 2005 attackers continued to move away from broad attacks seeking to breach firewalls and routers and are now taking aim at the desktop and Web applications. The latest report...

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