Krebs on Security is reporting that a huge drop in the volume of e-mail spam circulating worldwide on Wednesday was the result of a planned takedown of the Rustock botnet, which, at one point, was the most prolific purveyor of spam in the entire world. According to the Composite Spam Blocklist (CBL), which measures global spam volumes, Rustock spam (usually ads for online pharmacies and male...
For years now, Mac users have flaunted their seeming immunity to computer viruses, malware, and other noxious applications that plague the hearts, minds, and hard drives of PC users. However, there have been exceptions to the Mac's invincible reputation, like the one app from last summer that stole photos and all sorts of other information. According to security software firm Symantec, there's...
The newest trend in Internet infection is growing at an alarming rate, according to Breach Security Lab's recently released Web Hacking Incidents Database (WHID) 2008 Annual Report. The attack is called an SQL injection and it works by corrupting the database layer of a Web site. This type of attack, once thought nearly obsolete due to the legwork required of the hacker, was resurrected when the...
A California Web hosting company that was a major source of spam (as well as a host of child porn, and seller of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods) has been effectively shut down -- but only after numerous security firms and the Washington Post reported on its activities. The slow process has some Internet security folks claiming that U.S. Internet security laws and...
The FBI is reporting that computer crime rose dramatically this year and is costing the U.S. tens of millions of dollars. In particular, two types of attacks have seen an increase in popularity. Botnets spread malicious software via a virus. These Botnets turn infected PCs into unwilling participants in a network of PCs that "recruit" other computers and harvest data. The other type of attacks...
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