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[News] [Rival] Windows Security Loopholes of Biblical Proportions

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Windows Security Loopholes of Biblical Proportions
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 12:01:31 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Storm worm strikes back at security pros

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| The worm can figure out which users are trying to probe its 
| command-and-control servers, and it retaliates by launching DDoS attacks 
| against them, shutting down their Internet access for days, says Josh Korman, 
| host-protection architect for IBM/ISS, who led a session on network threats.   
| [...]
| The number of infected machines available to launch spam and DoS attacks is 
| estimated from hundreds of thousands to 50 million. 


That's a lot of machines under the control of *JUST* the Storm worm. One then
must wonder about this new statement:

Illegal Government Surveillance Opens Door to More Privacy Violations

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| The sheer volume of personal information collected and the databases in which 
| that information is stored create a giant target for attackers who want to 
| steal or expose Americans' personal data. In a response to questions asked of 
| EFF by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, EFF Legal Director Cindy 
| Cohn explained in comments submitted Friday that an increase in the number of 
| databases introduces more points of vulnerability into the system, putting 
| sensitive personal information from millions of people at risk.      


...Guess all that information is spread around all the Internet gangs and then

In other off-topic (but important) news, Dubya might get sued for polluting
Earth for cash.

States Set to Sue the U.S. Over Greenhouse Gases


Windows pollutes the Internet, so maybe a lawsuit should be due as well.


The end of Windows, or a security expert gives up

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| And then go and warn others to do the same. Windows is defeated - its days 
| are over. It carries the worm inside. So whatever will happen next: RIP, 
| Windows.  


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
|                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
|                                     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the BBC reports.


Gathering 'Storm' Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets

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| Although it's most commonly called a worm, Storm is really more: a worm, a 
| Trojan horse and a bot all rolled into one. It's also the most successful 
| example we have of a new breed of worm, and I've seen estimates that between 
| 1 million and 50 million computers have been infected worldwide.   


Security expert: Storm botnet 'services' could be sold

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| "This effectively allows the Storm author to segment the Storm botnet into 
| smaller networks," Stewart wrote in his blog post. "This could be a precursor 
| to selling Storm to other spammers, as an end-to-end spam botnet system, 
| complete with fast-flux DNS and hosting capabilities. If that's the case, we 
| might see a lot more of Storm in the future."    


Symantec Software Battles Vicious New PC Enemies: 'Bots'

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| "We are seeing rapid increase in botnet infections," says Ed Kim, director 
| of product management in the consumer division at Symantec. 


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