A while ago, when I was travelling a journalist told me that he never pays for our software as he can easily download a tool to crack Windows XP (he was still running XP). We had an interesting discussion afterwards (besides the fact that he showed me how he steals our goods) about security. He . . . → Read More: Security Implications of Pirated Software
Our Digital Crimes Unit just took down another one: After Rustock and Waladec, now comes Kelihos.
This is another great success in fighting criminals. If you want to read more: Microsoft Neutralizes Kelihos Botnet, Names Defendant in Case
As you might remember, on Match 16th Microsoft together with other industry players was successfully able to take down the Rustock botnet and thus significantly reducing the spam level.
We now just published a special Intelligence Report on this botnet:
Read an overview of the Win32/Rustock family of rootkit-enabled backdoor Trojans background, functionality, how it . . . → Read More: Special Intelligence Report on the Rustock Takedown
Botnets are one of the toughest problems in the world of Cybercrime today. At least, this is what we think… ENISA just published an interesting paper called Botnets: 10 Tough Questions, which raise questions about e.g. the size of botnets or better the way the size is estimated etc. Basically the 10 questions are:
HOW . . . → Read More: 10 Tough Botnet Questions
I often read two kinds of articles when it comes to ISPs and protecting privacy. In side asks for as much privacy as possible, the other one for transparency to fight cybercrime. What is our real goal? What is the role of ISPs in fighting crime? An interesting study by the OECD in comparison with an article I read today. . . . → Read More: Fighting Crime and Protecting Privacy–a Contradiction?
An interesting analysis by the Malware Protection Center: The Botnet Superhighway
It hits the press from time to time that somebody was successful taking down a botnet. We had some success as well with the Waledac Botnet Takedown.
There is actually a good article on What it takes to shut down a botnet. When I was doing some bing-search on the botnet takedowns, I found good . . . → Read More: What it takes to shut down a botnet
“Unfortunately” I have been on vacation when we released the Security Intelligence Report last week. Nevertheless I would like to take the opportunity and look at it more from a EMEA perspective.
One of the interesting data points we always publish is the Malware Infection Rate. Remember, there is a huge amount of data we . . . → Read More: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report – What it means for EMEA
On February 24th we announced the work we did on taking down Waledac – read Tim Cranton’s blog post called Cracking Down on Botnets.
Now it is time to look back and try to understand what we learned so far. sudosecure traces the Waledac infections and give a good view of new infections by the . . . → Read More: Results of Operation b49 (Botnet Takedown)