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FBI To Remove Coreflood From Infected Computers (via A Geek With Guns)

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Would you trust the government to clean a virus off your computer? I must admit that I wouldn’t feel comfortable. It wouldn’t be that hard to install monitoring software as well.

I’ll be honest and admit I’ve heard little about the botnet being referred to as Coreflood. Apparently it did something nasty enough to gain the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) though: Two weeks ago, the DOJ and the FBI obtained an unprecedented temporary restraining order that allowed them to seize five command-and-control (C&C) servers that managed Coreflood. Since then, the U.S. Marshal’s Service has operated substi … Read More

via A Geek With Guns

DOJ gets court permission to attack botnet ITworld – StumbleUpon

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DOJ gets court permission to attack botnet ITworld – StumbleUpon. Interesting situation. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come?

Storm Botnet Returns as Part of New Years Attacks threatpost

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Storm Botnet Returns as Part of New Years Attacks threatpost.  This article tells of a fake email with this text:

“Tom has created a New Year ecard. To view this page please click here: hxxp:maliciousurlgoeshere.com

This message will be stored for 14 days.”

Just delete it.

 

50 ISPs harbor half of all infected machines worldwide

50 ISPs harbor half of all infected machines worldwide.  This is pretty amazing.  Just a handful of people are sending out the majority of this junk.  Makes you want to have tiers doesn’t it?

Best way to battle botnets: before or after the infection?

Best way to battle botnets: before or after the infection?.  You battle something by having as many layers of security as is practical and cost-effective.

Microsoft Proposes Each PC Needs A Health Certificate or No Net Access Allowed NetworkWorld.com Community

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Microsoft Proposes Each PC Needs A Health Certificate or No Net Access Allowed NetworkWorld.com Community.  Hmm.  What is the difference between this and a regular certificate?  Can’t anything that is software be faked/cracked?

Shutting the butterfly botnet (via Eideard)

This was only done because of an accident by one of the operators. So I guess the take away is that if you have challenged ethics and empathy, you can make lots of money.

Shutting the butterfly botnet The last 12 months have seen significant success in combating one of the main forms of cybercrime – botnets. These networks of hijacked home computers have become the basic tool for many cyber thieves. Maintaining them, finding new victims and using them has become a significant part of the net's criminal economy. The vast majority of spam is sent out via the computers on botnets; they are used to stage attacks on websites and the machines formin … Read More

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Cheap and free botnets help those looking to hurt/profit from others

This InformationWeek article discusses the low price you can pay to rent a botnet.  It mentioned the fact of a free Twitter attack tool, and the sad state of information theft.  Apparently you can get possibly rich with a minimal investment.  I wouldn’t call people who do this hackers.  They are “script kiddies” or even amateurs at best even if they are using professionally created tools.