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Find and Remove SpyEye Banking Trojan

by Shanmuga
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SpyEye banking trojan first made its appearance about a year back as a competitor to what is till then known as the king of all bots Zeus/Zbot. Security researchers believe that both bots have now joined hands to prey upon online banking users world-wide.

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Amazon EC2 Used as Botnet Command and Control

by Shanmuga

"Trend Micro released a report Dec. 9 highlighting what it expects to see as far as security threats in 2010. Among the more interesting predictions — attacks on cloud infrastructures will increase. Almost as if on cue, a report surfaced the same day that the Zeus Trojan was observed abusing the Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute

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Botnet continues massive malware campaign

by Shanmuga

"A massive spam campaign that poses as a message from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) asking people to register for H1N1 vaccinations remains a big problem today, a security researcher said. The messages lead unwary users to a convincing-looking CDC site where they’re asked to create a profile in order to receive a vaccination

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The Root of the Botnet Epidemic

by Shanmuga

"Over the course of a few days in February 2000, a lone hacker was able to bring some of the Web’s larger sites to their knees, using just a few dozen machines and some relatively primitive software to cripple Yahoo, eBay, E*trade, Amazon, ZDnet and others for hours at a time. No one knew it

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Spyware Protect 2009 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Though Spyware Protect 2009, a rogue security software made its appearance early this year, recently it’s in the news due to the fact that the notorious Conficker botnet gang chose to push it to the infected systems. Spyware Protect 2009 is your typical scareware with slight variations. Incessant, hard-to-get-away popups warn about hundred’s of imaginary

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Inside BBC’s Chimera botnet

by Shanmuga

"the controversial BBC purchase of a botnet and modifying the infected hosts in the name of “public interest” sparked a lot of debate on the pros and cons of their action. Condemned by certain security vendors, and naturally, at least from guerrilla PR perspective, applauded and encouraged as a awareness raising tactic by others, the

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Is Your PC Part of a Botnet?

by Shanmuga

"So how can you tell if you’re machine is part of a botnet and what can you do about it? Statistically, Macs are safe from botnets, although not completely immune to all threats as we noted here. But if you have a Windows based machine, Prevx suggests you stay on the lookout for an Internet

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Is Rock Phish cybergang set for a comeback?

by Shanmuga

"”Rock Phish is making an investment in their own infrastructure by upgrading their botnet,” says Sean Brady, product marketing manager at RSA. RSA, whose FraudAction Research Lab has posted a blog item on the topic, says the end result could be a surge in phishing attacks in the near future.

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Growth of Anti-Botnet Startups Points to AV Deficiencies

by Shanmuga

"A slew of software companies new and old are shipping tools aimed at slowing the botnet epidemic, but the emergence of this new market is seen by some analysts as an indictment of the existing anti-malware industry. With reliable statistics showing a dramatic rise in botnet-related computer infections, venture capitalists are now pouring money into

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MayDay! Sneakier, More Powerful Botnet on the Loose

by Shanmuga

"A new peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet even more powerful and stealthy than the infamous Storm has begun infiltrating mostly U.S.-based large enterprises, educational institutions, and customers of major ISPs. The MayDay botnet can evade leading antivirus products, and so far has compromised thousands of hosts, according to Damballa, which says 96.5 percent of the infected machines

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