The Trouble with Rootkits
Have you ever wondered where all of those spam emails come from? Most people think they are sent from server farms in former Soviet block countries, from Nigeria, or from tech sleazes here at home who work hard to find avoid detection and find loopholes in the CANSPAM Act.
While much spam does come from those sources, a new spamming technique is to use ordinary people as unwitting spammers. One such recent attack, Storm Worm, seeks to turn poorly secured PCs into occasional spam servers.
Many users in Europe downloaded Storm Worm early this year when they clicked on an email attachment claiming to contain information about wind storms that ravaged the continent. In the U.S., users were infected when they opened an email with a subject line reading “U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has kicked German Chancellor Angela Merkel.” The email contained an attachment purporting to be a video of the event. The Trouble with Rootkits
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