Posts Tagged ‘botnets’

 

Conficker spreads anew, covers tracks and begins pitching fake AntiVirus

Trend Micro virus hunter Ivan Macalintal appears to be the first researcher to identify specific, updated instructions being passed along, node-to-node, among PCs infected with Conficker Variant C. On April 8, Macalintal isolated an infected PC in Korea that was passing the update across Conficker’s customized P2P network. The PC in Korea received the update […]

Could Waledec be the second-coming of the infamous Storm email worm?

ABSOLUTELY DO NOT click on this Couponizer online ad. You will  turn over control of your PC to the Waledec botnet. You will likely  get a banking trojan installed, and your machine performance may slow when your PC is assigned to spread email spam and participate in denial of service attacks. Not much has been […]

Cisco and Trend Micro offer router-level protection

Cisco Systems and Trend Micro have come up with a nifty way for home owners and small businesses to centrally deploy antivirus protection to a network of devices – just like a big corporation. The two companies announced a partnership to imbed Trend’s antivirus suite in two models of Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N routers. The […]

$250,000 reward for Conficker controllers’ scalps

That $250,000 bounty Microsoft has put up for the scalps of the controllers of the globe-spanning Conficker worm seems about right. Conficker, aka Downadup,  has now infected the German military, as well as networks of the UK and French Air Forces and England’s Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. After several weeks of informal collaborations, the world’s top […]

Beware of viral Valentine’s Day spam and other scams

Cyber criminals have begun inundating the Internet with Valentine’s Day-themed spam, bogus web deals and even blackmail. PC Tools has uncovered one of the more innovative variants: an email offer for a “Valentine Devkit” you supposedly  can use to custom design a nifty online Valentine’s card for your sweetheart. Do not click, no matter how […]

FAQ — The Ominous Downadup/Conficker worm

The creators/controllers of the unnerving Downadup/Conficker worm that continues to spread, mostly via unpatched Windows PCs inside corporate networks, have been very good about  holding their cards close, giving few hints of how they plan to use a botnet of several million infected PCs.  Here’s an FAQ I’ve assembled, derived from interviews with F-Secure’s Patrik […]

Microsoft pays $250,000 bounty for capture of creator of Netsky/Sasser

Book Excerpt Chapter 4 – Self-Anointed Avenger Pages 52- 59 Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5 Virus Wars Subject: Hi So began the Virus Wars of 2004. It would pit the new breed of for-profit virus writers against […]