• Botnet revelation shows darker underbelly of malware

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Information gathered about a newly discovered botnet called Kneber indicates that multiple infections by different malware on the same host could work together as a sophisticated mechanism to give all the malware a better survival rate.
  • Kneber just another botnet?

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 10:58 pm

    The Kneber botnet, so christened by security firm NetWitness in describing it to the press, is nothing new and there are many other botnets like it out there, according to a number of other security firms.
  • Protect Your Business from Kneber-Style Botnets

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 10:51 pm

    A report from security research firm NetWitness about a malicious botnet dubbed Kneber has been the focus of a fair amount of media attention, but mostly sensationalism that misses the real point.
  • 'Kneber' Botnet Attacks PCs Worldwide: FAQ

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 3:26 pm

    Security firm Netwitness has discovered a new botnet that puts the potential threat of last year's Conficker worm to shame. Called the Kneber botnet, this new form of malware has infected more than 74000 computer systems across the world and is focused on stealing login credentials for e-mail systems, social networks and banking sites, according to Netwitness. Kneber is incredibly hard to detect and has reportedly compromised data from nearly 2500 corporate and government and corporate networks around the world. Here's the latest on what's going on and how you can protect yourself from joining the ranks of the Kneber botnet.
  • Over 75,000 systems compromised in cyberattack

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 11:45 am

    Security researchers have unearthed a massive botnet affecting at least 75,000 computers at 2,500 companies and government agencies worldwide.
  • Computer Breaking and Entering is a Business

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    If you still think that people breaking into computer is for amateurs, think again. It's a business operation.
  • New Russian botnet tries to kill rival

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 11:10 am

    An upstart Trojan horse program has decided to take on its much-larger rival by stealing data and then removing the malicious program from infected computers.
  • Top Internet Security Trends from 2009 and a Look Ahead to 2010

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    Rogue security software, social networking attacks, drive-by downloads, and bot networks were among the top security trends in 2009, according to researchers at Symantec. See what the bad guys have in store for us in 2010.
  • How a Botnet Gets Its Name

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    There is a new kid in town in the world of botnets - isn't there always? A heavyweight spamming botnet known as Festi has only been tracked by researchers with Message Labs Intelligence since August, but is already responsible for approximately 5 percent of all global spam (around 2.5 billion spam emails per day), according to Paul Wood, senior analyst with Messagelabs, which keeps tabs on spam and botnet activity.
  • New spam: Your bank has failed, download this Trojan

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 8:36 pm

    Spam that tells victims their bank has failed urges them to on a link that will tell if their accounts are insured but that really tries to trick them into downloading a Trojan that will turn their machine into a bot.
  • Botnet production eerily like commercial code practice

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    Botnets are elaborate command-and-control systems used by criminals for sending spam, stealing personal information or launching denial-of-service attacks through hijacked computers. But their underlying malware code structures share common ways to evade detection, and even mimic some commercial code practices, such as digital methods to prevent copying and reverse engineering, says one researcher.
  • Click Forensics: Bahama botnet stealing traffic from Google

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 9:31 am

    The Bahama botnet, a sophisticated network of compromised computers that is wreaking click-fraud havoc among advertisers, is also snatching away Web traffic and revenue right from under the nose of mighty Google, Click Forensics said Thursday.
  • The first Linux botnet?

    Posted September 12, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Has Linux security been breached? Are Linux systems in danger of being transformed into botnet zombies the way millions of Windows PCs have been? In a word: "Nah."
  • What is a Botnet anyway?

    Posted August 14, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Sometimes, those of us in the computer biz get so wrapped up in the techie details that we forget that many people don't know what we think are the basics. For example, a really smart, computer-savvy friend of mine recently asked me, "What is a botnet anyway?" Whoops! Clearly, it's time for me to do some explaining.
  • Spam Finds New Paths Into Corporate Nets

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Unsolicited e-mail accounted for 90.4% of all messages received on corporate networks during April, an increase of 5.1% from a month earlier, according to a report released May 26 by Symantec Corp.'s MessageLabs Intelligence unit.
  • Pirated Windows 7 software part of criminal botnet

    Posted May 12, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Microsoft Windows 7 pirated versions have been found with hard-to-detect trojans intended for cybercrime purposes, according to a security firm.
  • Botnet probe turns up 70G bytes of personal, financial data

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    The sensitive information collected by the Torpig/Sinowal botnet over just 10 days could be worth as much as $8.3 million.
  • No jail time for Nugache worm creator

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    A 20-year-old man from Cheyenne, Wyoming, has been sentenced to five years' probation for creating what researchers called one of the most sophisticated botnet networks of hacked computers in recent years.
  • One bot-infected PC = 600,000 spam messages a day

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Some bot-infected PCs can crank out as many as 25,000 spam messages per hour, new research released Wednesday claimed.
  • Gang of six' controls botnet of 1.9 million computers

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    Criminals have built a massive 'botnet' network of hacked computers that has infected an estimated 1.9 million computers worldwide.
  • Researcher wants hacker groups hounded mercilessly

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Criminal cyber gangs must be harried, hounded and hunted until they're driven out of business, a noted botnet researcher said today as he prepared to pitch a new anti-malware strategy later this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
  • Botnets: Reasons It's Getting Harder to Find and Fight Them

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Botnets have long used a variety of configurations, in part to disguise their control mechanisms. But as user-friendly but insecure applications continue to become available -- especially social networking programs -- hackers have an ever growing number of security holes to choose from. They're also getting smarter about building resilient architectures, according to botnet hunters who have monitored recent activity. Here are four reasons the botnet fight is getting harder, and what to do about it:
  • iWork Trojan horse may be turning Macs into zombies

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Two researchers claim to have discovered the first Mac zombie botnet in existence.
  • Conficker group says worm 4.6 million strong

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    Security experts say that the Conficker worm has infected an awful lot of computers, making it the largest "botnet" of hacked computers on the planet. The thing they can't seem to agree on, however, is exactly how many people have been hit.
  • Conficker Awakens, Starts Scamming

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    The Conficker worm is back in action and stumping security experts once again. One of the most craftily designed pieces of malware recently got an update and is finally starting to behave like other worms. Here's what's going on:
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