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Virus Hits British Defences

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how KL’s airport information system had been infected by a virus. I shouldn’t have gotten so het up. Turns out that the UK’s air force and navy have bigger problems. ITV News reported on Friday that the Ministry of Defence’s computer network has been shut down “because of a mysterious virus that is causing wholesale disruption of MoD sites.” Among those affected were Royal Navy ships including the Ark Royal and RAF [Royal Air Force] bases including Brize Norton. The Register quotes a statement from the “MoD that [s]ince 6 Jan 09 the performance of the MODContinue readingVirus Hits British Defences

KL’s Airport Gets Infected

If there’s one place you hope you won’t get infected by a computer virus, it’s an airport. It’s not just that the virus may fiddle with your departure times; it’s the wider possibility that the virus may have infected more sensitive parts of the airport: ticketing, say, or—heaven forbid—flight control. Kuala Lumpur International Airport—Malaysia’s main international airport—was on Friday infected by the W32.Downadup worm, which exploits a vulnerability in Windows Microsoft patched back in October. The worm, according to Symantec, does a number of things, creating an http server on the compromised computer, deletes restore points, downloads other file and then starts spreading itself toContinue readingKL’s Airport Gets Infected

Are The Worm Wars Over?

German police on Friday arrested two men: an 18-year old man in Rotenburg in connection with the Sasser worm, and a 21-year old who confessed to creating a bot called Agobot or Phatbot. A lot of folk believe the gang responsible for the Sasser worm may also be responsible for the Netsky worms, which have been infecting computer users for most of this year. Sophos’ Graham Cluley, for example, says, “If you scrutinize the most recent Netsky worm, you can see that the author embedded a taunt to anti-virus companies, bragging that he also wrote the Sasser worm. If this is the case, this couldContinue readingAre The Worm Wars Over?

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 importantly, mocked Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. The worm exploited a critical security hole in versions of Microsoft Windows. Just days later the Sobig-F worm, which spread on the Windows platform, bombarded email users around the world, clogging up email servers.)   Sophos, the anti-virus people, had this to say: “It’s noContinue readingNews: Wanted, Dead Or Alive: Virus Writers

News: Man Blames Trojan For Porn, Acquitted

   Sophos reports that a British man has been cleared of storing child pornography on his computer after Trojans — malicious bits of code, a kind of virus — were found on his computer. The man had been arrested after 172 indecent pictures of children were found on his hard drive (the report doesn’t say how). A computer forensics consultant identified 11 Trojan horses on the man’s computer, capable of carrying out actions without the user’s knowledge or permission. The acquittal follows the case of another British man who was cleared in April under similar circumstances.     Seems, according to Sophos, that all these imagesContinue readingNews: Man Blames Trojan For Porn, Acquitted

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