Xbox Live account takeovers put users at risk

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| Hackers have hijacked the Xbox Live account of a celebrity gamer and made off
| with a prized piece of virtual armor in a brazen act that suggests the online
| Microsoft service still puts the security of its users at risk.

Phishers now leasing the Storm worm botnet

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| Trend Micro said Tuesday it detected the hosts "while watching domain
| activity normally associated with suspected RBN (Russian Business
| Network) -associated activities."

That's the wealthy "Windows ecosystem" Microsoft must be boasting about (while
shops are yelling at Microsoft for channel-stuffing unadulterated garbage like
Zune and Vista).


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.

Ransomware Trojan locks up infected PCs

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| A new strain of "Ransomware" that attempts to coerce victims into paying $35
| to unlock their Windows PC, is doing the rounds.

Linux security: 2007 in review

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| The "storm bot"
| Whilst not directly impacting Linux users, the "storm bot" and its
| sophisticated attack vectors, management infrastructure and somewhat
| polymorphic nature point to a disturbing new trend in bots and malware. It
| reminds those of us in the Linux community who have not been adversely
| affected by virus attack that threats are constantly evolving.


Hacking extortionist resurfaces

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| GpCode, a Trojan horse which last made a run at users last summer, has popped
| up again, said Aleks Gostev, senior virus analyst with Moscow-based Kaspersky
| Lab, in a posting to the research center's blog.

Patch Tuesday brings quiet though serious start to 2008

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| Microsoft wasn't joking when it classified as critical one of the
| vulnerabilities addressed by this month's security updates. A flaw in TCP/IP
| processing can be exploited by sending maliciously crafted packets, giving
| the attacker complete control of the targeted system. *