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[News] [Rival] Russian Youths Use Windows Zombies to Take Entire Nations Off the Web

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Russian Youths Use Windows Zombies to Take Entire Nations Off the Web
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 17:36:06 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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ussian youth movement claims to have carried out cyber attacks on Estonia 

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| "We taught the Estonian regime the lesson that if they act illegally, we will 
| respond in an adequate way," boasted Goloskokov in the FT interview. They 
| didn't do anything illegal, he said. "We just visited the various internet 
| sites, over and over, and they stopped working." The Estonians' plight was 
| caused by their own technological limitations in handling the traffic volume, 
| he explained. During the attacks on the Estonian IT infrastructure two years 
| ago, the country was largely cut off from the global internet, and domestic 
| government and banking sites became inaccessible.       


New Conficker Expected April 1

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| The third Conficker malware variant in infected machines is set to activate 
| April 1, says the director of threat research at CA where the malware sample  
| first discovered last week by Symantec is being examined. 
| "It's set to go off April 1, 2009 and Conficker will generate 50,000 URLS 
| daily," says Don DeBolt, CA's director of threat research. 



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.


Another Estonia Cyberattack

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| The attack, which ended Tuesday, was minimally disruptive, according to 
| Hillar Aarelaid, manager of Estonia's Computer Emergency Response Team 
| (CERT). He described it as an "ordinary DDOS" (distributed denial of service) 
| attack in which the news agency's servers were flooded with Internet traffic, 
| in an attempt to crash them.     


Estonian DDoS attacks "highly organised" but spontaneous

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| Such a confederation was identified in the case of the Dark OwneD Mafia
| cracker network, 110760 five of whom were recently arrested in Spain. It
| might indeed explain why only one person has so far been prosecuted in
| connection with the Estonian attacks.


Gaining System-Level Access To Vista

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| This video shows a method by which a user can use a Linux distro called
| BackTrack to gain system access to Windows Vista without logging into Windows
| or knowing the username or password for any accounts. To accomplish this, the
| user renames cmd.exe to Utilman.exe — this is the program that brings up the
| Accessibility options for users without sight or with limited vision. The
| attack takes advantage of the fact that the Utility Manager can be invoked
| before the user logs into the system. The user gains System access, which is
| a level higher than Administrator. The person who discovered this security
| hole claims that XP, 2000, 2003 and NT are not vulnerable to it; only Windows
| Vista is.


Study Says Linux More Secure

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| More than 70 percent people surveyed said they found Red Hat Linux less
| vulnerable to security issues than Microsoft's operating system.


Study: 70 percent say Red Hat more secure than Windows


Vista security credentials tarnished in malware survey

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| "[Vista]has been hailed by Microsoft as the most secure version of Windows to
| date. However, recent research conducted with statistics from over 1.4
| million computers within the ThreatFire community has shown that Windows
| Vista is more susceptible to malware than the eight year old Windows 2000
| operating system, and only 37 per cent more secure than Windows XP," said
| Simon Clausen, chief exec at PC Tools.


Vista as Insecure as Windows 2000

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