Tag Archive | "worms"


15 January 2009 | 12,043 views

Next-Gen Botnets Taking The Place of Storm and Srizbi

Back in November there was a considerable drop in Spam when Spam friendly ISP McColo was cut off from the Internet by it’s upstream peer. Srizbi worm was pretty smart though and was picking up again by the end of November. Later in the year the botnets were somewhat neutralised leading to a huge drop [...]

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26 November 2008 | 3,576 views

Spam Back on the Rise with Srizbi Resurrected

After McColo was partially disconnected from the Internet by it’s peers global spam dropped noticeably. It seems however that the spam was emanating from a zombie network and the control servers were hosted by McColo, the creators of the botnet (Srizbi) were smart about it though and built a fail-safe system into the the malware. [...]

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03 September 2008 | 3,708 views

Productive Botnets

We all know what botnets are (think so), but anyway let’s see a proper definition of botnets taken from shadowserver… and I quote: A botnet is a collection of computers, connected to the internet, that interact to accomplish some distributed task. Although such a collection of computers can be used for useful and constructive applications, [...]

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17 August 2008 | 7,011 views

New MySpace and Facebook Worm Target Social Networks

Well another reason for you guys (and gals) to avoid social networks, a new worm is spreading. Again they are using the same ploys that have been leveraged for years on e-mail and instant messaging. Trust is gained as the message or link/video/etc comes from a known source so people are more likely to click/open/play [...]

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23 June 2008 | 6,698 views

Botmaster Robert Matthew Bentley AKA LSDigital Sentenced

Another one bites the dust with another reasonably hefty sentence, this time a botherder or botnet master. Just under 4 years and a big chunk of change as a fine, I guess he probably has plenty of cash stashed somewhere though. These guys can really rake it in with their mass infectors of doom. A [...]

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15 May 2008 | 8,940 views

New Botnet Malware Spreading SQL Injection Attack Tool

Now this is an interesting turn of events, the Asprox botnet malware is being used to spread SQL Injection tools rather than sending out phishing e-mails as before. It seems to install quite stealthily as well disguising itself as a Windows Service with a fairly convincing file name. It’s certainly interesting to see the evolution [...]

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08 April 2008 | 6,433 views

Kraken Botnet Twice The Size Of Storm

We wrote a while back about a new wave of sophisticated botnets, which were predicted to overtake Storm and become the largest infectors online. It seems like it’s come true, after extensive research Damballa has uncovered the biggest botnet ever, which at present has over 400,000 unique IPs (in a space of only 24 hours) [...]

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03 March 2008 | 6,487 views

New Sophisticated Botnets Discovered

It seems like botnets are getting more sophisticated – we thought the Storm Worm was pretty hot, but some of these new contenders are showing the guys on the dark side has some advanced understanding of technology and the architecture many companies use…this enables them to get deeper inside and remain undetected Researchers have unearthed [...]

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28 February 2008 | 10,696 views

Teenage Bot Herder Admits to Infecting Military Computers

Hacking for money again? Well not really in this case, more like script kiddying for money – modifying an ‘off the shelf’ malware/bot package to evade detection and then cashing in on spamware affiliate fees. I guess they could have made much with a 400,000 bot network – by renting it out for DDoS attacks [...]

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24 January 2008 | 4,065 views

Hacked Embassy Websites Delivering Malware

It seems like malware pushers have found another avenue to delivery their payloads, Embassy websites. Which makes sense as they are probably not maintained well nor updated often meaning the chance they are easily compromised is quite high. Plus a lot probably use off the shelf CMS software, which when not updated is a playground [...]

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