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NEWS - June 5, 2005

Soaring malware levels hint at criminal activity

Published: July 5, 2005, 7:57 AM PDT
By Alice Lander and Graeme Wearden
Special to CNET News.com

Security company Sophos has seen a dramatic rise in the number of viruses, worms and Trojan horses this year as more organized criminals turn to cybercrime.

The company reported last week that it had detected 7,944 new pieces of such malware in the first six months of this year--almost 60 percent more than the same time last year.

The biggest growth was in Trojan horses, programs that can damage a user's files, steal information, or even create a backdoor that can be used to compromise a PC.

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Sasser author confesses in trial

In reply to: NEWS - June 5, 2005

Published on ZDNet News: July 5, 2005, 8:50 AM PT

The man on trial for writing the Sasser computer worm that wreaked havoc in big businesses and homes across the world last year has confessed to all the charges against him, a German court said on Tuesday.

Katharina Kruetzfeldt, judge at the court in the western town of Verden, said Sven Jaschan, 19, admitted to data manipulation, computer sabotage and interfering with public corporations in one of the biggest Internet attacks of its kind.

After emerging around May last year, versions of the Sasser worm went on to knock out an estimated 1 million computer systems among home users and companies by spreading on the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows operating system.

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IMlogic Threat Center Reports Significant Rise in Targeted

In reply to: NEWS - June 5, 2005

Attacks on Instant Messaging Networks in Q2 2005

The IMlogic Threat Center today issued its Second Quarter 2005 report on the rise of IM security threats. The report demonstrates a sharp increase of over 2700 percent in new IM threats including viruses, worms, spam over IM (SPIM), malware and phishing attacks. During the second quarter of 2005, IMlogic issued more than 15 priority alerts to enterprises and IMlogic Threat Center subscribers in response to the increasing frequency of reported IM threats.

More in http://imlogic.com/news/press_112.asp

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Open Source Blogs, Wikis at Risk From New Flaw

In reply to: NEWS - June 5, 2005

A highly critical vulnerability has been found in XML-Remote Procedure Call, which impacts many open source applications that use the vital software component.

The flaw could allow an attacker to take control of a vulnerable Web server.

Open source projects and Linux vendors alike have issued advisories and updates and the SANS Internet Storm Center has warned that the flaw could trigger an epidemic.


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Who's to blame?

In reply to: NEWS - June 5, 2005

If there's one thing the security industry is really good at, it's pointing fingers. We all like to say that, "security starts with you," so that everyone can share a piece of the mud pie. While we're pointing fingers, let's look at a few groups and individuals and see how they can share the blame for their own insecurity - and prevent the spread of viruses, Trojans and worms.

Individuals and small businesses share the blame
ISPs share the blame
Major companies share the blame
Criminal hackers are to blame
We share the blame
OS vendors and application providers, well...

Read the complete great article on Who's to blame and why in http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/337/1

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