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. 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?. 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
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?
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.
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.