New Massive Botnet Twice the Size of Storm

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| 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.
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http://www.darkreading.com/document....WT.svl=news1_1


Recent:

Bots rule in cyberspace

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| 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. *
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...ule-cyberspace
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/co...-botnets_N.htm


New Zealand teenager convicted over international cyber crime ring

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| 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. *
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http://news.smh.com.au/new-zealand-t...0301-1vzs.html


No April Fools'--Storm worm is back

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| 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.
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http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-990...=2547-1_3-0-20