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[News] Windows Profit Down Sharply, Windows Zombies (+SPAM) Up Sharply

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Windows Trojan That Infected Over 3.6 Million PCs Evolves with Worm Behavior

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| One of the top families of malicious code targeting the Windows platform has 
| evolved with the addition of worm behavior, Microsoft warns. According to 
| data made public via the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, the 
| Win32/Vundo Trojan infected over 3.6 million computers in the second half of 
| 2008, and occupies the third position in a malware ranking behind Renos and 
| Zlob. Vundo is a family of malware with various components that are designed 
| to serve victims 'out of context' pop-up advertisements following infection. 
| Microsoft warns that the Vundo family of malicious software can also       
| be used to download and execute arbitrary files.


One bot-infected PC = 600,000 spam messages a day

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| TRACElabs concluded that Rustock and Xarvester, the latter perhaps linked to 
| the down-and-out Srizbi botnet, are the most efficient spam spewers of the 
| nine bots. Each is capable of sending up to 25,000 messages per hour, or 
| 600,000 per day, and 4.2 million per week.   



Conficker likely to cause rise in spam levels

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| Commtouch’s chief technology officer, Amir Levy, warns that new spam
| detection methods beyond traditional content filtering must be employed to
| block the flood of spam that the massive botnet created by the Conficker worm
| is capable of sending.


Spam overwhelms e-mail messages

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| More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a
| Microsoft security report.



Malware, Spam, and other Net Pests Rev Up

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| The number of malware detections has grown by almost half a million since the
| end of the year, jumping from 500,000 total detections to 900,000.
| "I have a nasty feeling that the situation is getting worse, not better",
| says Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for the security vendor.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.


Botnets Running Rampant

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| How much money is being stolen by cybercriminals? No one knows, and no one
| even knows how to go about coming up with that number, IronPort's Peterson
| said.

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