Botnet

How Earth Day could save both the planet… and the internet

Earth Day really did make a difference – at least in the world of internet security.

That’s one of the conclusions revealed in a paper presented today at the Virus Bulletin (VB2012) conference in Dallas, Texas.

Suspected Mariposa botnet mastermind goes on trial

A hacker, believed to have created the Mariposa botnet which compromised millions of computers across the globe, has gone on trial in Slovenia.

Indian computers the worst for flooding the internet with spam, report discovers

SophosLabs reports on the top twelve spam relaying countries for April – June 2012.

Bredolab: Jail for man who masterminded botnet of 30 million computers

A man who was in command of a botnet of some 30 million computers worldwide has been sentenced to four years jail in Armenia.

India becomes the king of the spammers, stealing America’s crown

SophosLabs reports on the top twelve spam relaying countries for January – March 2012.

Microsoft and US Marshals bring down Zeus botnet servers [VIDEO]

Microsoft, working with others in the financial services and computer security industry, has disrupted a number of botnets being used by the Zeus malware family, allegedly responsible for nearly half a billion dollars in damages.

Accused Kelihos malware mastermind protests his innocence

A Russian man who has been accused by Microsoft of being the mastermind behind the Kelihos botnet has used his LiveJournal blog to protest his innocence.

Microsoft’s Kelihos botnet suspect used to work for computer security firm

Microsoft has alleged that a computer security firm’s ex-employee is the mastermind behind the Kelihos botnet.

How five members of the Koobface malware gang were unmasked

The in-depth story of how five men have been identified as part of the Koobface gang, in a detailed investigation conducted by independent researcher Jan Drömer and Dirk Kollberg of SophosLabs.

A must-read!

Koobface malware gang – the noose tightens?

Members of the Koobface malware gang might be feeling a little hot under the collar as evidence has begun to spill onto the internet about the alleged identity of one of its members.

And there’s more information still to come..

Half of all spam is relayed via Asian computers

What countries are responsible for relaying the most spam?

Sophos releases its latest “dirty dozen” report.

It’s Halloween – let’s kill some zombies!

It’s Halloween. A time for ghosties and ghoulies and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.

What better time can there be to kill some zombies?

The m00p malware investigation – was justice done?

The Virus Bulletin conference is told about the investigation into a modern malware-writing gang.

But with only two of the cybercriminals sentenced, was justice really done?

MasterCard.com brought down in apparent Wikileaks-motivated internet attack

MasterCard’s website was knocked offline following what appears to be a WikiLeaks-inspired internet attack by hacktivists against it.

Once again, a denial-of-service attack is a hactivist’s best friend – but don’t forget they’re illegal.

World Cup DDoS blackmailer sentenced to jail

A man who extorted money out of online gambling websites in the run-up to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa has been sent to jail.

Spam king faces jail after admitting child sex charges

One of the world’s most notorious spammers faces jail after admitting that he had sex with under-age girls.