Researchers discover massive ‘malware nexus’ botnet

Millions of PCs around the world appear to have been quietly infected by the dangerous TDSS 'super-malware' rootkit as part of a campaign to build a giant new botnet, researchers from security firm

Published on: June 30th, 2011 John E. Dunn

Websense offers ‘middle-of-the-road’ security

Security firm Websense has recently rebranded its year-old Triton product to include software-as-a-service features and says the tool now focuses on content security. Websense says it combines on-premise email and Web security on

Published on: February 11th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Crimeware merger kit surfaces on Internet

The rumored combination of two pieces of advanced online banking malware appears to be fully underway after several months of speculation.What appears to be a beta version of a piece of malware that

Published on: February 4th, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Super crimeware kit expected to hit underground economy soon

Security researchers are reminding businesses to bolster computer security measures as two of the most widely used do-it-yourself cybercrime kits are soon to be combined into one super kit.Attack toolkits or crimeware are

Published on: January 18th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Six security risks SMBs need to guard against

Social media networks and mobile devices top the list of six security risks that small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) need to focus on, according to security experts. The mad rush for businesses

Published on: January 6th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

2011 predictions: tech rebound continues despite security woes

Well my friends, 2010 was quite a year and as is our want, in this, the first issue of the New Year, we throw caution to the winds, dust off our crystal balls

Published on: January 3rd, 2011 Mark Gibbs

Money-stealing mobile Zeus botnet on the loose, McAfee reports

McAfee today revealed its McAfee Threat Report for the third quarter of 2010. Information like that provided by McAfee in these quarterly reports is valuable for IT admins--enabling them to keep a finger

Published on: November 18th, 2010 Tony Bradley

60 charged for stealing money with Zeus trojan in U.S.

U.S. authorities have charged more than 60 people in connection with the money-stealing Zeus Trojan program, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The arrests follow a Tuesday U.K. sweep that led to

Published on: October 1st, 2010 Robert McMillan and Jeremy Kirk

Rustock botnet behind 40 per cent of world’s spam

More than 40 percent of the world's spam is coming from a single network of computers that computer security experts continue to battle, according to new statistics from Symantec's MessageLabs' division. The Rustock

Published on: August 25th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk and Tim Greene

Cybercrooks use anti-piracy tools to protect malware

The newest version of Zeus, a do-it-yourself crimeware kit responsible for millions of dollars in losses by consumers and businesses, comes with anti-piracy provisions similar to those used by Microsoft's Windows, a researcher

Published on: March 17th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Botnet toolkit lets hackers completely control compromised PCs

New capabilities are strengthening the ZeuS botnet, which criminals use to steal financial credentials and execute unauthorized transactions in online banking, automated clearing house (ACH) networks and payroll systems. The latest version of

Published on: March 15th, 2010 Ellen Messmer

Kneber botnet — a multi-headed hydra that’s wreaking havoc

Information gathered about a newly discovered botnet called Kneber indicates that multiple infections by different malware on the same host could work together as a sophisticated mechanism to give all the malware a

Published on: February 22nd, 2010 Tim Greene

Kill Zeus — upstart Trojan tries to trounce rival

An upstart Trojan horse program has decided to take on its much-larger rival by stealing data and then removing the malicious program from infected computers.Security researchers say the relatively unknown Spy Eye toolkit

Published on: February 11th, 2010 Robert MacMillan and Brian Jackson

H1N1 spam scam unleashes havoc

A massive spam campaign that poses as a message from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) asking people to register for H1N1 vaccinations remains a big problem today, a security researcher said.The messages

Published on: December 4th, 2009 Gregg Keizer