New Massive Botnet Twice the Size of Storm

,----[ Quote ]
| Damballa predicts that even now that Kraken has been outed, it will continue
| growing at least in the near-term -- up to at least 600,000 new bots by
| mid-April. Its bots are prolific, too: The firm has seen single Kraken bots
| sending out up to 500,000 pieces of spam in a day.


Bots rule in cyberspace

,----[ Quote ]
| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data. *

New Zealand teenager convicted over international cyber crime ring

,----[ Quote ]
| Owen Thor Walker, 18, known by his online name "AKILL," was involved in a
| network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers and skimming millions
| of dollars from victims' bank accounts. *

No April Fools'--Storm worm is back

,----[ Quote ]
| The compromised computer will then install the downloaded file as C:
| \WINDOWS\aromis.exe. Nazario reports that the botnet file opens the firewall
| using the netsh firewall set command, makes a lot of outbound connections,
| then listens on a random UDP port.