Browsing Tag: malware

Categories: Malware

[img_assist|nid=2015|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]Security researchers have stumbled upon a new piece of ransomware that blocks an infected computer from accessing the Internet until a fee is paid via SMS (text message).The latest ransomware file is bundled
with a program called uFast Download Manager.  Once a machine is
infected, a message is posted in Russian demanding a
ransom under the guise of activating the uFast Download Manager
application.

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[img_assist|nid=2020|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]The notorious information-stealing Zeus trojan is currently spreading via drive-by download. Those behind Zeus, or Zbot, recently began circulating spam claiming to
come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting users submit a
“tax refund request form” by clicking on a link that is provided. Read the full article. [SC Magazine]

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Categories: Malware, Vulnerabilities

[img_assist|nid=1984|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]There is an ongoing attack against some WordPress implementations that is trying to brute-force the passwords for the administrator accounts on the installations. The attack is being driven by an automated PHP script that tries thousands of possible passwords.

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Categories: Malware, Podcasts

Over the course of a few days in February 2000, a lone hacker was able to bring some of the Web’s larger sites to their knees, using just a few dozen machines and some relatively primitive software to cripple Yahoo, eBay, E*trade, Amazon, ZDnet and others for hours at a time. No one knew it at the time, but these attacks would come to be seen in later years as some of the earlier outbreaks of what has become a massive online pandemic.Jose Nazario on Botnets and the History of DDoS Attacks Dennis Fisher talks with Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks
about the Mafiaboy attacks, the history of DDoS attacks and the botnet
epidemic.

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