The Mariposa botnet, one of the most notorious malicious networks active on the web in recent years, was taken down on December 23. Spanish police announced on Wednesday, however, that they made three arrests in conjunction with the case. Spanish police, along with two computer security firms, Defense Intelligence and Panda Security, located the men responsible for spreading the malware. The tracking of the men began in May of 2009, but it took nearly nine months to shut down the malware strain. Latest estimates saidthat the virus spread to 190 countries and more than 11 million unique IP addresses. “Our preliminary analysis indicates that the botmasters did not have advanced hacking skills,” Pedro Bustamante, senior research advisor at Panda Security, wrote in a March 3 statement. “This is very alarming because it proves how sophisticated and effective malware distribution software has become, empowering relatively unskilled cyber-criminals to inflict major damage and financial loss.” In recent weeks, web and software security firms reported the discovery of the Kneber botnet, which infected nearly 75,000 computers worldwide. Also, Microsoft successfully destroyed the Waldedac botnet after receiving a court order to shut down domains known to infect computers with it.
- PA Cyber introduces hybrid of virtual and self-paced online courses
- Class Action Lawsuit On Behalf Of Homeowners Against Bank Of America Alleging Abuses In Its Force-Placed Flood Insurance Program Allowed To Proceed In U.S. District Court
- USW 10-Month Campaign to Save Pennsylvania Jobs, Communities Results in Continued Operations for Philadelphia Refinery
- Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh Lead in Launch Of New Program To Bolster Manufacturing Innovation
- Jim Beam® Partners With Six Bold Artists to Launch the 2012 Live Music Series in Support of Military Musicians
- Top Five: My favorite Social Network Sites (Other than Facebook and Twitter).
- Finally Fast Around the City, University of Penn
- How to Use Testimonials to Your Advantage
- A Floriculture Tour Around the Continents
- Finally Fast Around the City: Philly Water Works
- EverPower acquires Patton Wind Farm in Pennsylvania
- Toyota Dealership named in Class Action Suit