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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Botnets Mess Up Users' Inboxes, Floods the Web

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Valentine Trojan onslaught blights inboxes

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| Virus authors are attempting to hoodwink unwary and lovestruck internet users 
| with malware that poses as Valentine's Day-related games and email greetings. 
| The hacker tactic is a familiar companion to annual holidays, such as 
| Christmas, New Year's Day and Valentine's Day. McAfee reports that the 
| Valentine’s Day spam links to URLs pushing the Waledac Trojan, a strain of 
| malware that has copied many of its techniques and features from the infamous 
| Storm Trojan.    


Kaspersky, OpenDNS Collaborate to Slow Conficker Worm

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| OpenDNS has added a feature to its Domain Name System (DNS) services to fight 
| a widespread worm, with help from Russian security company Kaspersky Lab. 
| OpenDNS has its own network of DNS servers that translate domain names into 
| IP (Internet Protocol) addresses so, for example, Web sites can be displayed 
| in a browser. The company says its system is faster than using the DNS 
| servers run by ISPs (Internet service providers) and provides better 
| protection against phishing as well as other features such as Web content 
| filtering.     



Storm Worm botnet meets its match

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| The Storm Worm has been causing havoc for over two years now, transforming
| more than a billion computers into drones. Following a surprisingly
| unsuccessful mission by Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool around
| 100,000 drones still remain.


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.  



Online banking fraud 'up 8,000%'

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| The UK has seen an 8,000% increase in fake internet banking scams
| in the past two years, the government's financial watchdog has warned.
| The Financial Services Authority (FSA) told peers it was "very concerned"
| about the growth in "phishing".

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