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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's PR Charade Over Windows Botnets Backfires

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's PR Charade Over Windows Botnets Backfires
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 10:19:29 +0000
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Success of Microsoft's Botnet Battle Questioned

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| A prominent security researcher today said he 
| doubts Microsoft's take-down of the Waledac 
| botnet would have any impact on spam levels, 
| as the company claimed.


Do The Ends Justify The Means In Microsoft's War On Spam?

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft argued that it had linked 277 
| domain names to a botnet, a network of 
| compromised computers instructed to perform a 
| task such as denial of service attacks and 
| sending spam e-mails. Some computers in a 
| botnet are run by spammers themselves, but 
| the majority are "drones" or infected 
| computers whose owners are unable to stop or 
| unaware of the task being performed. 
| Microsoft alleged the domains were part of a 
| botnet called Waledac, which the company 
| estimates includes between 30,000 and 90,000 
| drone PC's, according to The Journal.



Another Windows security flaw is discovered

,----[ Quote ]
| ANOTHER DAY, another Windows security flaw,
| it seems.
| This time Microsoft has posted Security
| Advisory 977377, which reports a
| vulnerability in the Transport Layer
| Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer
| (SSL) protocols.


New Trojan Targets U.S. Banking Credentials

,----[ Quote ]
| A researcher at SecureWorks has uncovered a
| new Trojan swiping credentials of customers
| of roughly 15 large and medium-sized banks
| in the United States.
| SecureWorks has dubbed the malware the
| Bugat Trojan. The malware has similar
| functionality to other banking Trojans such
| as Clampi and Zeus, and was seen being
| distributed by a Zeus botnet.

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