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Botnets

Is your PC part of a Zombie Botnet? Check now!

by Shanmuga

Bots, Botnets and Botmaster A malicious bot short for a RoBOT or a zombie is a computer that allows someone other than the actual owner to gain complete control over itself. The attacker takes control of the target computer by infecting it with malicious code designed for the purpose. A virtual network of such compromised

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Botnets: 4 Reasons It’s Getting Harder to Find and Fight Them

by Shanmuga

"The perpetual proliferation of botnets is hardly surprising when one considers just how easy it is for the bad guys to hijack computers without tipping off the users. Botnets have long used a variety of configurations, in part to disguise their control mechanisms.

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Bots exploiting Microsoft’s latest RPC flaw

by Shanmuga

"Several antivirus vendors are reporting on Monday a new round of exploitation of Microsoft’s out-of-cycle security bulletin last month. The flaw in MS08-067, which affects how remote procedure calls (RPC) are handled in the Windows Server Service, has the potential to become a fast-spreading worm, according to Microsoft. But experts predict any exploitation will be

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Rustock and Srizbi botnets share a common trojan

by Shanmuga

"Two of the world’s largest and most prolific spamming botnets have been spotted sharing a common bot malware-delivery method. But whether that means that the operators of the rival Rustock and Srizbi botnets are actually in cahoots is unclear, security researchers say.

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Security: New BotSniffer better able to detect foul stench of botnets

by Shanmuga

"Researchers at Georgia Tech have published a paper on BotSniffer—a program they’ve designed to detect and disable botnets. Botsniffer is not the only bot-detection program available, but the Georgia Tech research team believes that the program’s approach to the botnet issue results in a better correlation rate and a lower number of false positives.

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Security: Limelight kills botnets better than cops do

by Shanmuga

"Botnet operators have become public enemy number-one as consumers, businesses and governments fall foul to identity theft, DDoS attacks and spam. Yet no one appears to be able to stop the spread of bots — except maybe the media.

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Security: What IT can learn from botnets

by Shanmuga

"Josh Corman is the host protection architect for Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS), with more than eight years of experience in security and networking software. What was refreshing was Corman’s out-of-the-box thinking on the distributed networks currently being used by online criminals. Of the most popular of these networks, he said "Storm did a lot

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