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Articles tagged with: botnet

Facebook Pictures Can Lure You Into A Botnet

For those of you who are related to IT in one way or another, ‘Botnet’ shouldn’t be a new term. However, for those who are unaware, a botnet is a system of computers which are compromised by malware and each individual computer is called a Bot.

A botnet is a very complex method of hacking which may be used to steal your private information without you even knowing it. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi, India have designed Stegobot, a new type of Botnet system which pulls out secret information via social networks by attaching to user profiles.

A picture is just a chunk of bytes and nothing more.

‘Indestructible’ Botnet Enslaves 4.5mn PCs

A new and sophisticated botnet has infected more than four million computers in just three months, and it is almost “indestructible”, say security researchers. The botnet, called TDL-4, targets PCs running on Windows and tries hard to avoid detection and even harder to shut down.

TDL-4 is the name for both the Trojan virus that affects machines and the network of compromised computers. “It is the most sophisticated threat today… practically indestructible,” Kaspersky Lab’s security researchers Sergey Golovanov and Igor Soumenkov have stated in a detailed analysis released recently.

ISP, Virgin Media, Warns Customers Of SpyEye Trojan

The ISP (Internet Service Provider), Virgin Media has warned over 1,500 of its customers that their PCs have been infected with a malicious virus that steals bank login information. The trojan is called the SpyEye trojan and is well known for its destruction.

Virgin claims that they have not been monitoring their users’ activity but instead received a tip-off from UK police and later discovered infections while researching criminal botnets. A botnet is a group of infected computers that work in conjunction to continue distributing malware across the web.

Massive Botnet Taken Down After Ten Years Of Mayhem

After ten years, the U.S. has finally killed a botnet that has spread a continually evolving virus known as “Coreflood.” The botnet first became active in 2001 and has steadily infected computers finally reaching a number of 2 million computers worldwide, with the assistance of malware. Coreflood has stolen a total near 100 million dollars worldwide from both businesses and consumers. The botnet of course is a group of infected machines that “work together” to steal personal data from other users. The botnets can also be programmed to send malicious files, spam, and phishing e-mails to targeted computers. The creators of the botnet used Coreflood to steal information and conduct thousands of fraudulent banking and wire transfers. Some individuals lost as much as $240,000 in the scam.