You can blow away any website in the world if you try hard. Throw enough traffic at a server on the internet—friendly or otherwise—and it'll buckle. For most these attacks are a headache, but here's one man who makes a sport (and money) out of swarming his enemies online.
It sounds like the plot of a movie: two major software corporations join together to shut down an evil global cyber crime operation and engage in wacky hijinks along the way. While the latter can be neither confirmed nor denied, according to an exclusive report by Reuters, Microsoft and Symantec did shut down servers…
The FBI received a court order, which today allowed them to kill the hell out of a massive botnet by taking out a piece of malware called Coreflood. Usually, when someone wants to shut down a botnet, they just, you know, shut it down by taking the servers that host it offline. But this recent action allowed them to…
LOIC ("Low Orbit Ion Cannon") is an application developed by 4Chan-affiliated hackers designed to—when used en masse by thousands of anonymous users—launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on websites. Like Visa.com and Mastercard.com, for instance.
Step one: take out all the transportation. Step two: the financial base and telecoms. Step three: You get rid of all the utilities. Gas, water, electric, nuclear. that's why they call it a fire sale, because everything must go.
According to Microsoft, your virus-infected computer is no different from a diseased human. This means that it should be quarantined until it's healthy so that it doesn't put others at risk:
Microsoft's legal team has worked hard to kill "malvertising" and botnets and they've had some great success recently:
Nevermind the war against viruses—they'll kill each other before we even update AVG. A Russian Trojan horse program, known as Spy Eye, has stolen data from its competitor Zeus, and replaced PC infections with its own botnet-badness.
Researchers at the International Computer Science Institute and UC-San Diego have achieved 100% success rates in filtering spam from a specific botnet. The strategy? Capture the enemy, and make him talk.
Well, this is equal parts frightening and annoying: malware writers and their lot have been buying up data centers and getting approved for large blocks of IP space. What's that mean? That they can pretty much run rampant.
The same algorithm developed by the government to protect people from applying for fraudulent social security numbers is now being adapted by Carnegie Mellon researchers to guess—within a few points of accuracy—your entire SSN.
The botnet just added 25,000 users in the last few weeks. Nice job, geniuses. Couldn't you have downloaded it from Microsoft directly? [MSDN]
On the surface, April 1 came and went without a peep from the dreaded Conficker megaworm. But security experts see a frightening reality, one where Conficker is now more powerful and more dangerous than ever.
The Storm Worm Botnet currently infects between one and ten million computers worldwide, which means that it has access to a huge amount of processing power and somewhere between 1 and 10 petabytes of RAM. This apparently makes it one of the most powerful computers in the world, with more computing power than the ten…
Bot-net tracker group Shadowserver noticed a gigantic drop in infected systems on Christmas day. the total number dropped from more than 500,000 to less than 400,000, or more than 20%. Another independent group confirmed a 10% drop on their numbers. What's the deal?