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[News] [Rival] Big Money Found in Scaring Vulnerable Windows Users (Money for Criminals)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Big Money Found in Scaring Vulnerable Windows Users (Money for Criminals)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 12:06:06 +0100
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Alleged $100M scareware sellers facing charges 

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| Three men are facing federal fraud charges 
| for allegedly raking in more than US$100 
| million while running an illegal 
| "scareware" business that tricked victims 
| into installing bogus software. 


Sality, the virus that turned into the ultimate malware

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| From an analysis performed with a ârogue 
| P2P clientâ coded to become part of the 
| malicious network, Symantec has determined 
| that the Sality botnet covers something 
| like 100.000 computers. Itâs a bots figure 
| below the one achieved by giants like 
| Conficker but similar in size to other 
| botnets as Storm, Pandex and Rustock. What 
| remains clear is the demonstration of 
| Salityâs unique threat, a malware floating 
| around since seven years that shows no 
| intention to quickly disappear from the 
| net.


First human 'infected with computer virus'


Captain Cyborg Has A Virus-Infected Sidekick... But Nothing Can Stop A PR Campaign

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| The story is -- as with all captain cyborg 
| stories -- a lot less than the headline 
| suggests. Gasson wasn't "infected with a 
| computer virus." He took a chip that had a 
| computer virus and stuck it in his arm, 
| just like Warwick has done n the past. The 
| parallels to an actual virus are minimal, 
| and the usefulness for anything is even 
| less than that. Gasson presents this as 
| useful for considering the implications for 
| implanted technology such as pacemakers, 
| but that's nothing new. People have talked 
| about potential technology issues from the 
| wireless interface to pacemakers for years. 
| Doing some sort of publicity stunt with an 
| implanted computer chip doesn't further 
| that discussion along.


They sell people junk stories to make money. Shame...
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