Botnet gains, Web 2.0 pains

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| Botnets, networks of compromised computers used for spreading spam and
| malicious software or attacking large corporations, easily became one of the
| biggest security stories of year.

Storm, Nugache lead dangerous new botnet barrage

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| But this new piece of malware, which came to be known as Nugache, was a
| game-changer. With no C&C server to target, bots capable of sending encrypted
| packets and the possibility of any peer on the network suddenly becoming the
| de facto leader of the botnet, Nugache, Dittrich knew, would be virtually
| impossible to stop.


In zombies we trust

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| A little over a year ago, I wrote an editorial where in back-of-the-envelope
| style (.pdf) I estimated that perhaps 15-30% of all privately owned computers
| were no longer under the sole control of their owner. In the intervening
| months, I received a certain amount of hate mail but in those intervening
| months Vint Cert guessed 20-40%, Microsoft said 2/3rds, and IDC suggested
| 3/4ths. It is thus a conservative risk position to assume that any random
| counterparty stands a fair chance of being already compromised. * * *

Over 50% of corporate desktops infected with malware: IronPort

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| The report also reveals that more than 50% of corporate desktops
| worldwide are infected with some type of spyware with the rate of
| infection as high as 70% in the United States. Trojans or malicious
| system monitors represented over 7% of the infections. Rootkits and
| trick loaders, which reinstall spyware and other obfuscation techniques,
| make remediation very difficult thus prevention is the key to stopping
| these threats.

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.