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NEWS - October 22, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / October 21, 2007 6:44 PM PDT
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English-speaking countries & Storm Worm;Snapshot approach...
by Donna Buenaventura / October 21, 2007 10:22 PM PDT

more accurate

Secure Science Corp used the "snapshot" approach to graph metrics for the Peacomm network over the period of a week, and the undulating metric is fascinating.

Symantec's DeepSight Threat Analyst Team decided to use this "snapshot" approach in order to gather a geographical picture of a 24-hour period of Peacomm spam activity. Based on spam messages that were captured over a 24-hour period by Symantec antispam sensors on August 18 and September 18, 2007, we observed 4,375 unique Peacomm IPs for August 18; 2,131 of these IPs were acting as Peacomm SMTP servers and 2,244 IPs were acting as Peacomm HTTP servers (these are the servers that serve exploits and Peacomm binaries to innocent victims, as well as Peacomm propagation spam). Contrast that with 6,081 unique IPs for September 18, 2007, with 3,408 SMTP IPs and 2,673 HTTP IPs. Given those two sample sets, only 1,610 IPs intersect. So, for just a month’s time-span we observed a respectable fluctuation in Peacomm IP metrics, reinforcing the understanding that the Peacomm network is consistently in a state of fluctuation.

This Peacomm snapshot was mapped based on the geo-location of the involved IP addresses and an interesting image developed. It seemed that English-speaking countries were most affected by the Peacomm activity. Based on conjecture, this could be because the majority of Peacomm spam is delivered in the English language, but this has not been verified and other factors are definitely involved.

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UK man arrested for publishing web links
by Donna Buenaventura / October 22, 2007 3:35 AM PDT

Last week's arrest of a 26-year-old Cheltenham man, and the related closure of the TV-links website, has prompted a flurry of speculation that the very foundations of the internet (linking to stuff) might be under threat.

Although this might be a worry too far, legal eagles at Pinsent Masons say that it could be an important test case of UK law.

After an investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and local trading standards office, police swooped on an address in Cheltenham on Thursday last week, cuffing a 26-year-old for "offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the Internet" according to the FACT announcement. The man has been released pending further investigation.

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