Storm Worm delivering coal this Christmas

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| Some anti-virus scanners apparently protect against the worm already,
| including Kaspersky, eTrust-Vet, Microsoft's OneCare, and Symantec. Updates
| for the rest will likely be available in short order, but probably not before
| December 25 has come and gone, thus giving the worm an opportunity to
| propagate.


Russian malware storm brewing?

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| Chenghuai Lu, a senior threat analyst at the Tokyo-based antivirus vendor,
| recently uncovered a site with several hundred malicious programs and traced
| the site's server to a Russian IP address. Among the harbored malware were
| examples of three Trojan families: Dropper.cko, Clicker.qu and Polycrypt.g.
| All three clans typically hijack Internet Explorer on compromised PCs and
| direct users to adult Web sites. * *

Microsoft is the world's biggest cause of zombie remailers

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| In China, it would take about one and one-half years wages (for the
| average Chinese) to buy a legitimate copy of Windows Vista. If you
| could find it here.
| Microsoft is the biggest cause of zombie remailers in the world,
| because they make noises, but do not do anything to address the
| real digital inequities in the world.

Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| the BBC reports.

What Is A Botnet?

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| Usually, the zombies in use of a botnet are compromised computers running the
| Microsoft Windows operating system that have been infected with some sort of
| malware. *