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27 May 2009, 15:00

Lost+Found: Botnets, up in lights and statistics

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Too short for news, too good to lose; lost+found is a round up of useful security information. Today, Botnets, space invaders and statistics

So far the large botnets, 100,000 plus, have received the publicity, nets formed by Storm Worm, Torpig, etc. However, small zombie armies consisting of less than 10,000 PCs are also a force to be reckoned with: Inside the botnets that never make the news - a gallery.

Fake or a demo? A YouTube video apparently shows crackers taking control of an office building lighting control panel to display huge images: Urban Hack Attack

When confronted with the lack of virus protection on their PCs some users respond by saying "But I don't do any online banking or shop online!". The Washington Post's Brian Krebs demonstrates the many other reasons why cyber crooks might want to penetrate your PC: The Scrap Value of a Hacked PC

So far most cyber warfare has been conducted as an attack via the internet. However, the US military is also developing easy to use "attack boxes" for penetrating local networks on the battlefield: Network Attack Weapons Emerge

Anti-virus vendor Avira has published: Malware and Phishing statistics for Germany

Do Facebook prefer Mac systems themselves or is it just that they are anticipating a particularly high number of phishing victims among Mac users? F-Secure wonders about the details on its phishing page: Do Facebook Phishers Prefer Macs?



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