AIM worm

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Strange AIM worm going around. It apparently includes an interesting combination of rootkits, a rootkit detector, spyware/adware, and a specialized bittorrent client. The machines can then be controlled through IRC. Source seems to be the Middle East… IM hackers then control a global botnet where their infections can be tested and payloads are pushed. Facetime [...]

Top 10 spyware tricks of 2005

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

You can tell we’re in the last 10-12 days of the year when we start seeing all sorts of year end retrospectives, year’s in review, countdowns of the top ___ of ___year ending___. Well, spyware has seen a banner year in many respects and Suzi at Spyware Confidential has a rundown of the top 10 [...]

AIM worm in the wild

Monday, December 5th, 2005

There was an article in the last few days about Instant messengers being a tempting new vector for viral infections… Well…. has information on a new AIM worm seen in the wild. It doesn’t travel via a security hole, but uses the good old standby of social engineering to get from place to place. [...]

Viruses and worms can come in from many directions

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

For a long time, email was the primary vector for viruses, before that floppy discs carried bugs from pc to pc. Then came network worms exploiting windows security vulnerabilities which led to the rise of firewalls and the increase in viruses piggy-backing into the system through browser bugs. But, any program that listens for data [...]

Itunes adware?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

It’s an older post, but I just discovered it…. July 21st… spware confidential reports on a virus masquerading as an itunes installer that actually brings along some adware (4 different applications) for fun. This apparently was distributed over the AIM messenger network.    Send article as PDF   


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