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Kaspersky Lab

March 17, 2005

Virus analysts at Kaspersky Lab have been investigating the recent Bagle outbreak, and come to the conclusion that the authors of Bagle, Zafi and Netsky are working hand in hand with each other.

SpamTool.Win32.Small.b, a malicious program which harvests email addresses from infected machines, was first detected by Kaspersky Lab analysts on 15th February. Email addresses of antivirus companies are excluded from the list it compiles. Further analysis of the situation reveals that the mass mail of this program was a preliminary stage in the attack carried out by Bagle on 1st March. In researching the Bagle outbreak, virus analysts have concluded that the authors of Bagle, Zafi and Netsky and others are working closely together; they may not be personally known to each other, but they are all using information provided by the author of Bagle to mass mail their creations.

InfoWorld

by Paul Roberts

March 16, 2005

The software developer behind a leading rootkit program says he is motivated by necessity, curiosity and a desire to expose weaknesses in the Windows operating system and security technology. He also isn't too worried about how others might use his softwa

While he declined to provide his real name or speak by phone, "Holy Father," author of the Hacker Defender rootkit, claims to live in the Czech Republic, where the hacker defender Web site is registered to a "Jaromir Lnenicka" in Prague. His online name stemmed from a desire to do "big thingz" in the computer hacking underground. On that score, he has succeeded. Written in conjunction with a member of the 29a malicious code writing group, Hacker Defender has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, by his count, and grabbed the attention of security researchers at Microsoft and other leading companies.

eweek.com

February 10, 2005

Security researchers say they have found the first malware aimed at Microsoft's new anti-spyware software.

Malicious programmers are already sharpening their claws on Microsoft Corp.'s anti-spyware software, even before the application's official release. On Wednesday anti-virus firms said they uncovered the first malware that switches off Microsoft AntiSpyware, along with its other functions. Troj/BankAsh-A, also known as Trojan-Spy.Win32.Banker.jv and PWS-Banker.j, includes a keylogger and attempts to steal credit card details, turn off other anti-virus applications, delete files, install other malicious code and download code from the Internet, according to anti-virus vendor Sophos plc.

Forbes

by Arik Hesseldahl

January 17, 2005

For most people, getting hit by spyware is a time-consuming irritant. But it was much more for Michael Borque. Rogue software brought down his giant company's network.

Borque is technical services manager for Golden State Foods, an Irvine, Calif.-based food processor that is the biggest supplier to McDonald's (nyse: MCD - news - people ). Last March, an opening created by a piece of spyware allowed a nasty worm to wiggle into the company network computer in Georgia. From there, the worm tried to replicate itself across the entire company network, ultimately overwhelming network resources and knocking out e-mail and the companywide payroll system. It took two weeks for technicians at Golden State, which has annual sales of $2.3 billion, to bring the problem to heel.

SaferPC.info

by Shawn K. Hall

December 5, 2004

Antivirus programs can not protect you from this type of virus because the attack occurs before the context of the worm has entered a static (file or mapped memory) state.

In other words - because the worm does not really exist in the same terms as what the anti-virus "expects," your anti-virus software will be incapable of detecting the virus until *after* the virus has had the opportunity to do what it was designed to do.

SaferPC.info

by Shawn K. Hall

December 5, 2004

Even if you have a *current* antivirus package installed the viruses that you may receive will probably not be detected by it. There are literally *dozens* of new viruses discovered *every day*.

Most of the viruses circulating today are the one's that utilize new exploits, or new implementations of older exploits that the older scanners are not capable of detecting. What Antivirus Programs are Available'

Washington Post

by Brian Krebs

November 23, 2004

Hackers co-opted several popular Web sites including comedycentral.com over the weekend, using them to infect thousands of computers with a virus that can be used to steal passwords, bank accounts and other personal information.

Displaying an increasingly sophisticated approach to online theft, the hackers gained control of a German online advertising services firm and served up thousands of Internet ads designed to send visitors to one of several Web sites where the hackers had installed the virus. Hackers also can use the virus to plant programs on victims' computers that send out spam, flood monitors with pop-up advertising or attack other Web sites, said security researchers who analyzed the code.

internetnews.com

by Sean Michael Kerner

November 22, 2004

New move in virus battle renders banner ads susceptible to MyDoom variant. A chilling turn in the war against viruses appeared over the weekend. It looks like viruses are now being spread unsuspectingly through Web sites via compromised ad servers.

The SANS Institute Internet Storm Center on Saturday reported that a 'high profile UK website' was among those that had been hit. On Sunday, The Register confirmed on a note on its site that, "early on Saturday morning some banner advertising served for The Register by third-party ad serving company Falk AG became infected with the Bofra/IFrame exploit."

Tech News World

by Jack M. Germain

November 29, 2003

Internet security experts are divided on the source and purpose of computer viruses and worms like Blaster and SoBig.

But some government agencies are investigating a possible connection between the increasing spread of infected computers and organized crime.

The Toronto Star

by Tyler Hamilton

November 29, 2003

Viruses threaten Microsoft's brand and its bottom line Security-software firms are caught in the crossfire

When the Blaster and SoBig viruses hit the Internet in August, they infected millions of Microsoft-based home and business computers, bogged down corporate networks and caused billions of dollars in direct and indirect damages.

      

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