Storm worm strikes back at security pros

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| The worm can figure out which users are trying to probe its
| command-and-control servers, and it retaliates by launching DDoS attacks
| against them, shutting down their Internet access for days, says Josh Korman,
| host-protection architect for IBM/ISS, who led a session on network threats.
|
| [...]
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| The number of infected machines available to launch spam and DoS attacks is
| estimated from hundreds of thousands to 50 million.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...710136&rid=-50

That's a lot of machines under the control of *JUST* the Storm worm. One then
must wonder about this new statement:

Illegal Government Surveillance Opens Door to More Privacy Violations

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| The sheer volume of personal information collected and the databases in which
| that information is stored create a giant target for attackers who want to
| steal or expose Americans' personal data. In a response to questions asked of
| EFF by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, EFF Legal Director Cindy
| Cohn explained in comments submitted Friday that an increase in the number of
| databases introduces more points of vulnerability into the system, putting
| sensitive personal information from millions of people at risk.
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http://binaryfreedom.info/node/250

....Guess all that information is spread around all the Internet gangs and then
sold...

In other off-topic (but important) news, Dubya might get sued for polluting
Earth for cash.

States Set to Sue the U.S. Over Greenhouse Gases

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/ny...on&oref=slogin

Windows pollutes the Internet, so maybe a lawsuit should be due as well.


Related:

The end of Windows, or a security expert gives up

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| And then go and warn others to do the same. Windows is defeated - its days
| are over. It carries the worm inside. So whatever will happen next: RIP,
| Windows.
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http://wolfgang.lonien.de/?p=456


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
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| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the BBC reports.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/botnet_threat/


Gathering 'Storm' Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets

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| Although it's most commonly called a worm, Storm is really more: a worm, a
| Trojan horse and a bot all rolled into one. It's also the most successful
| example we have of a new breed of worm, and I've seen estimates that between
| 1 million and 50 million computers have been infected worldwide.
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http://www.wired.com/politics/securi...tymatters_1004


Security expert: Storm botnet 'services' could be sold

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| "This effectively allows the Storm author to segment the Storm botnet into
| smaller networks," Stewart wrote in his blog post. "This could be a precursor
| to selling Storm to other spammers, as an end-to-end spam botnet system,
| complete with fast-flux DNS and hosting capabilities. If that's the case, we
| might see a lot more of Storm in the future."
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6213781.html


Symantec Software Battles Vicious New PC Enemies: 'Bots'

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| "We are seeing rapid increase in botnet infections," says Ed Kim, director
| of product management in the consumer division at Symantec.
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http://www.thestreet.com/_yahoo/news...&amp&cm_ite=NA