• BBC Buys Botnet

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 8:05 am

    In an effort to demonstrate the dangers they pose to PCs, the BBC has purchased a botnet of 22,000 zombie computers. Its Click program explained that it was used to spam the BBC's own email accounts as well as carry out a DDoS attack.
  • Botnet ringleader gets 4 years in prison for stealing data

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 10:56 am

    The first person to be charged under federal wiretap statutes for using a botnet to steal data and commit fraud was sentenced to four years in prison this week.
  • Microsoft update takes on spam-spewing botnet

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Microsoft has beefed up the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) that ships with its Windows operating system so that it will detect and root out the notorious Srizbi botnet code.
  • Click fraud shoots up in Q4, driven by botnets

    Posted January 28, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Click fraud rate hit a record in the fourth quarter, driven in part by scammers' use of botnets.
  • Giving in to malware

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Following the advice of some two dozen readers who recommended I try Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware product to get rid of some malware that had taken up residence in one of my Windows XP systems, I was able to find and remove a Trojan. The PC ran faster, a choir of angels sang when I rebooted, and cherubs cast rose petals o'er my keyboard. Alas, it was all too good to be true.
  • Security predictions for 2009

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 5:06 pm

    Though these predictions are based on primary research and many, many discussions with CSOs, they concern information security only and can be affected by external factors that are unpredictable (at least by me). Case in point: My predictions for 2008 did not take into account a severe downturn in the economy that was underway already at the beginning of the year. Let's hope that my 2009 predictions also miss the mark by assuming a continuation of economic difficulties that turn out to be less severe than predicted. Here goes:
  • As phishing evolves, criminals switch to malware

    Posted December 18, 2008 - 5:41 pm

    As security researchers have gotten better at blocking many of the fraudulent e-mail messages that were being sent from botnets, phishing gangs have homed in on a new way to make a buck.
  • I can't believe he said that! -- The ITwhirled news quiz

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 12:29 pm

    Who is baffled by the BlackBerry Storm? Who thought running a botnet might be just a bit of fun? Who is feeling the hurt? Can you match the quote to the quoted? Go on, give it a whirl!
  • Botnet master sees himself as next Bill Gates

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 9:44 pm

    Owen Walker's future seems brighter today than it did a year ago. Walker, 19, had been facing possible jail time for running a massive botnet, but in July a New Zealand judge ordered him to pay a fine after he pleaded guilty to hacking charges.
  • New Windows worm builds massive botnet

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 6:02 pm

    The worm exploiting a critical Windows bug that Microsoft Corp. patched with an emergency fix in late October is being used to build a new botnet, a security researcher said Monday.
  • Anti-virus no defense against botnets, says vendor

    Posted November 28, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    A new analysis of botnets has come up with a possible reason for their prodigious ability to infect PCs - many anti-virus programs are near to useless in blocking the binaries used to spread them.
  • Estonian ISP cuts off control servers for Srizbi botnet

    Posted November 27, 2008 - 1:20 pm

    An Estonian ISP that temporarily hosted the control servers for a botnet responsible for a large portion of the world's spam has cut off those servers.
  • Spammers regaining control over Srizbi botnet

    Posted November 26, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Security vendors say spammers are reconnecting with hacked PCs used for sending spam as evidenced by a rising number of spam messages circulating on the Internet the last few days.
  • Spam is silenced, but where are the feds?

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 10:42 pm

    Two weeks after McColo was dropped by its network providers, the company's data center remains untouched. That frustrates some security researchers who say that the servers used to control these operations could provide a treasure trove of evidence about cybercriminals.
  • Hosting firm takedown bags 500,000 bots

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 5:47 pm

    The shutdown last week of a U.S.-based Web hosting company crippled more than 500,000 bots, or compromised computers, which no longer are able to receive commands from criminals, a security researcher said Tuesday.
  • Dodgy ISP McColo briefly comes online, updates botnet

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    Maligned ISP McColo briefly came back online over the weekend -- just long enough to update the Rustock botnet -- before being cut off again.
  • Aberdeen Group: The 2008 Email Security Report

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 4:25 pm

    With 130 billion email messages sent daily – at least 100 billion of which are spam, likely carrying malware that could deploy a botnet or spyware on your machine – are you feeling safe?
  • Anatomy of a Spam Virus

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:47 am

    A botnet created by a trojan virus is sometimes referred to as SpamThru. According to the Don’t Bounce Spam organization, spammers have become very sophisticated in the way they manage their botnets , and the SpamThru Trojan is the leading example. In at least one case the botnet consisted of over 73,000 computers.
  • What you always wanted to know about malware (but were afraid to ask)

    Posted August 21, 2008 - 9:07 pm

    Malware, like real-world epidemics, has the strange property that it does not only matter to your health how well protected you are, but also, how well average people "out there" are. The more machines that are infected, the higher is your risk of also becoming infected. But that is not all: You are at risk even if you are well protected!
  • Dutch police, FBI rein in large botnet

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 1:17 pm

    The botnet created by a teenager who was arrested by Dutch police in a sting operation is most notable for its total reliance on social engineering to spread, computer security experts said Thursday.
  • Soloway case reveals big business behind spam

    Posted July 15, 2008 - 5:09 pm

    Selling the tools used by spammers is easy money, at least until you get caught. Just ask Adam Sweaney, a man charged with computer fraud who took the stand at the sentencing hearing in Seattle for Robert Soloway, the so-called spam king.
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