Zbot Trojan Ring Busted

Authorities in the UK have arrested two people suspected of distributing the Zeus Trojan. The arrests were made by the Metropolitan Police’s Central e-Crime Unit and are the first ever in connection with the Trojan, which has infected hundreds of …

   

Russian Spammers Trying to Cash in On Swine Flu

Russian spammers are in the process of cashing in on the swine flu pandemic. Shady pharmacies are advertising Tamiflu for rock bottom prices using massive spam campaigns and search engine manipulation. Hundreds of fake “Canadian pharmacy” sites exist, many run by …

   

Private registration no defense for spammers

Spammers hiding behind private registration of domain names to spread junk email received a slap in the face recently by a federal district court in California. In their attempt to nullify the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act the garbage pedlars argued, among …

   

Zbot Trojan Unleashes Weekend Spam Campaign

A huge weekend spam campaign exploited Verizon Wireless and spread the Zeus/ZBot Trojan. Security experts said the attack started on Friday morning with 200,000 malicious messages an hour being sent. The spam messages claimed to be from Verizon Wireless and …

   

Why social networking spam reaps more rewards than email

As social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Linked-in have gained popularity among Web surfers, they’ve also attracted the attention of the Internet underworld. That’s because the likelihood of infecting a computer with malware distributed through a SocNet is much better …

   

Researchers Knock Mega-D Botnet Offline

Researchers have successfully knocked a major botnet offline. The Mega-D botnet was shut down by a team at FireEye. The researchers attacked the botnet by registering some domains meant for the botnet’s command and control servers and shutting down others. …

   

Would Spam Exist if the Internet Wasn’t Free?

Last month I joined a new discussion forum.  The owner of the forum decided to charge members a monthly access fee of $1.95.  I gladly subscribed because the value of the forum far outweighs the membership cost. Now several weeks …

   

FBI Issues Warning About Spear Phishing

The FBI is warning small and midsize businesses that spear phishing is becoming an ever increasing threat. Over $85 million has been stolen by cybercriminals and only around $45 million has been recovered. The scam starts with a spam campaign …

   

Gumblar has new face on ugly head

Malware watchers are reporting that Gumblar botnet is working its mischief once again, this time on a larger scale than ever. The malicious software first attracted the notice of White Hats this spring when it used SQL injection attacks to …

   

Spain Leads World in Botnet Infections

A new report by security researchers has revealed that Spain is currently the country with the most infected computers. A whopping 44.5% of all computers in that country are infected with malware and part of a botnet.  The United States …