Korgo Clarified

More on Korgo; I wish I could say it was the last. But the good news is that it does not seem to be the all-in-one ‘phishing worm’ F-Secure said it was. F-Secure has clarified the situation over the Internet worm Korgo, which seems to answer some of the questions in my earlier posting. Korgo …

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The Sasser Worm

Four years after LoveLetter, there’s a new worm out, and it looks bad. Panda Software says Sasser “has positioned itself as one of the quickest-spreading and virulent ones”. Already two variants of the worm are out, according to F-Secure. Panda says the worm uses a trick that “means practically all Microsoft systems will be affected, …

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Keeping Out The Worms

Can we really keep out worms? An interesting piece from Information Security Magazine takes a look at a range of “antiworm” products which promise to contain worms by weeding out bad traffic. Among them: Mirage Networks, ForeScout, Check Point Software Technologies, Silicon Defense and IBM. They use different approaches, from looking for unfulfilled Address Resolution Protocol …

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The Lingering Damage Of Worms

Worms cause a lot of problems, long after we’ve forgotten about them. Sandvine Incorporated, a network hardware provider, says that worm attacks are hitting internet service provider networks, “degrading the broadband experience for home Internet users and imposing anywhere from thousands to millions (of dollars) in unplanned network and customer support costs directly related to …

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Happy Birthday, SoBig

A press release from email security folks MessageLabs points out that tomorrow is the first anniversary of the SoBig.A worm’s debut. SoBig.A (the A bit means it was the first of a stream of worms that were somehow based on the SoBig worm) wasn’t just any kind of worm, MessageLabs point out. SoBig.A was unique …

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News: Wanted, Dead Or Alive: Virus Writers

 Microsoft is a mite upset, and is offering $500,000 reward to inform on the virus writers responsible for the Blaster and Sobig worms. (In August, if you recall, the Blaster-A worm infected many unprotected home and business computers, attempted to launch a denial of service attack against a critical Microsoft security update website, and, most …

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Update: Another Blaster Suspect Arrested

 Another Blaster suspect has been arrested. Prosecutors refused to release any information about the suspect, not even the youth’s gender or home state, AP reported. The variant the juvenile allegedly created was known as “RPCSDBOT.”   No one yet knows who created the main version. Collectively, different versions of the virus-like worm, alternately called “LovSan” …

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Update: It Isn’t Over Until The Fat Lady Starts Writing Viruses

 Fridrik Skulason’s open letter draws attention to another point: that while Sobig.F was scheduled to die out on Sept. 10, we might just have been lucky this time. He compares the two recent attacks — Sobig and Blaster — and concludes that if the guy or guys who write the next version of Sobig look closely, …

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News: Two Young Fellas Nabbed For The TK Worm

 Two young Brits have been charged in connection with the TK Worm (also known as Troj/TKBot-A), which appeared last year and caused an estimated £5.5 million worth of damage. Jordan Bradley, 20, of Bates Avenue, Darlington, and Andrew Harvey, 22, of Scardale Way, Durham, are believed by the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to …

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Update: Blaster B Suspect Is About To Be Arrested

 There must be at least one frightened teenager out there today. AP reports that U.S. investigators have identified a teenager as one author of a version of the Blaster worm and plan to arrest him early Friday (U.S. time). A witness reportedly saw the teen testing the infection and called authorities, an official said. The …

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