How to Root Out Bots in Your Network

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Even routinely clean antivirus scans can’t hide the dirty little secret more enterprises are facing today: Some of their client machines are members of botnets. That’s why Matt Sergeant, senior anti-spam technologist for MessageLabs Ltd. , hopes to educate some large organizations and ISPs on how to detect and clean up ...

Facebook botnet risk revealed

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Researchers have created a proof-of-concept application for Facebook that turned the machines of people who added the app to their Facebook page into a botnet that launched denial-of-service attacks on a victim server in a demonstration. "Social Network Web sites have the ideal properties to become attack platforms," according to a ...

Phishers Bite Back with Malware Exploits Linked to Keywords

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Criticize the people behind the Asprox botnet, and they take it personal—so much so that they will bombard you with malware, according to a report by SecureWorks. The botnet, now at least 50,000-strong with bots, is sending out phishing e-mails posing as messages from banks in the United States and United ...

New Gpcode (encryption) ransomware speading via botnet

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

There are confirmed reports on a new version of the Gpcode ransomware being spread via a botnet.According to Vitaly Kamluk of Kaspersky Lab (my employer), the Trojan encrypts files on an infected machine (AES-256) and leaves a text file named crypted.txt with a ransom note demanding $10 to decrypt the ...

Malicious Botnet Stole Bank, Credit Union Credentials

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The researcher who first discovered a motherlode of stolen enterprise user names and passwords in June has found that nearly 9,000 of them are bank and credit-card account credentials from around the world that were grabbed by an old but crafty botnet. And it turns out the initial 50 gigabytes' ...