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  • Get Your Botnet Here - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Get Your Botnet Here

    Cyber miscreants can now purchase botnets relatively cheaply, according to an article on SiliconIndia. The botnets, a string of infected computers run by a “control server,” allow a purchaser to use the botnet to assail websites and servers and effectively cripple them. Botnets are often used in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that shut […] More

  • UA Student Pleads Guilty to Launching Botnet Attacks - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    UA Student Pleads Guilty to Launching Botnet Attacks

    A former undergraduate at the University of Akron pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he hacked into the school’s computer system to launch botnet attacks. Mitchell L. Frost of Ohio was charged with one count of causing damage to a protected computer system and one count of possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices. He could […] More

  • Man Accused of Cyber Attacking Conservatives - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Man Accused of Cyber Attacking Conservatives

    Federal prosecutors have accused a man of launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against the websites of conservatives Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudolph Giuliani. Mitchell L Frost is accused of launching the attacks while an undergraduate at the University of Akron. The attacks occurred over a five day period in March 2008, according […] More

  • Coder Makes Twitter Botnet Construction Easier - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Coder Makes Twitter Botnet Construction Easier

    A security researcher has uncovered a new tool that makes construction of a botnet using Twitter significantly easier. The new tool called TwitterNet Builder “offers script kiddies a point-type-and-click interface that forces infected PCs to take commands from a Twitter account under the control of attackers,” according to The Register. “At the tail end of […] More

  • Teenage Sony Hacker Sentenced to 1 Year's Probation - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Teenage Sony Hacker Sentenced to 1 Year's Probation

    A Pennsylvania-based teenage hacker who employed botnets to paralyze Sony Entertainment Corporation’s video-gaming website has been sentenced to serve one year on probation, perform 250 hours of community service and pay Sony $5,000, pittsburghlive.com reports. The 11th grader was found guilty of using a computer for illegal motives, computer encroaching and distribution of virus that […] More

  • Botnet Changes Tactics - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Botnet Changes Tactics

    The cyber criminals who control the Gumblar botnet have been adapting their tactics to evade detection and stop researchers from downloading and analyzing new versions of the malware. Analysis on SecureList has found that the botnet has the ability to check what country the infected machine is in. Machines in Japan will not be hit […] More

  • Texas Man Admits to Deploying Botnet - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Texas Man Admits to Deploying Botnet

    A Texas man has plead guilty to charges that claim he used a botnet to demonstrate malware to a potential client by targeting an Internet service provider, according to The Register. David Anthony Edwards admitted that, along with an accomplice, in the summer of 2006 they trained a botnet on ThePlanet.com to demonstrate the effectiveness […] More

  • Storm Worm Back From the Dead - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Storm Worm Back From the Dead

    The infamous Storm Worm has returned from the dead, according to researchers with CA. Storm was once responsible for 20 percent of the world's spam but began to decline in 2007 when Microsoft undertook a massive cleaning operation. Eventually, the botnet was allegedly destroyed. CA researchers claim that they have found a new botnet that […] More

  • Botnet Server Escapes to China - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Botnet Server Escapes to China

    Last week, security experts based in Hong Kong succeeded in taking out a key piece of the Koobface botnet, only to have it pop up in China. Koobface, which uploads stolen user names and passwords to a remote server, was taken down by the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT) last week. […] More

  • Researchers Find New Botnet - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Researchers Find New Botnet

    Security researchers with Arbor Networks have found a new botnet that consists of computers infected with a Trojan designed to enable a remote user to download malware onto the machine. The researchers found that the Trojan, called Heloag, is downloaded via one of two possible domains and then loads itself into the MS Windows directory. […] More

  • Africa Could become World's Cyber-crime Capital - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Africa Could become World's Cyber-crime Capital

    Russia and China are often considered the two nations leading in cyber crime, but there is a runner-up that could take the leading spot in Internet misdeeds: Africa. Cybersecurity experts estimate 80 percent of computers on the African continent are already infected with viruses and other malicious software, according to Foreign Policy. The combination of […] More

  • DHS to Provide In-Depth Look at Botnet - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DHS to Provide In-Depth Look at Botnet

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working to publish a report next month on the global efforts to combat it, according to Computer World. The report looks at the Conficker Working Group’s efforts to meet the threat. “We said, ‘This was a very good example of the private sector, globally, working together to try […] More

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