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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Windows Hijacked by the Millions, US Government Wants Zombies

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Windows Hijacked by the Millions, US Government Wants Zombies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 May 2009 08:07:31 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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12 million new IP addresses have been hijacked by botnets

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| Today the McAfee first quarter threat report revealed that cybercriminals 
| have taken control of almost 12 million new IP addresses since January, a 50 
| percent increase since 2008.  


China hardest hit as malware attacks increase

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| China received the brunt of a rise in malware attacks around the world in 
| April, doubling its share of attacks from the previous month as the lucrative 
| online gaming market attracted hits from cybercriminals.  


US needs 'digital warfare force'

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| The head of America's National Security Agency says that America needs to 
| build a digital warfare force for the future, according to reports. 
| Lt Gen Keith Alexander, who also heads the Pentagon's new Cyber Command, 
| outlined his views in a report for the House Armed Services subcommittee.  



US 'should go on cyber-offensive'

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| A US Air Force officer has told the BBC that his country should create an
| offensive botnet to target any forces that launch a cyber-attack against it.


EDF accused of spying on anti-nuclear groups

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| EDF, France’s nuclear energy operator, paid investigators to infiltrate the
| anti-nuclear movement around Europe, according to testimony given in a French
| judicial investigation.
| The investigation is looking into whether the state-controlled group condoned
| illegal practices as part of a surveillance operation.
| The affair has exposed an underworld of computer hackers and private
| investigators who claim to have worked for some of the world’s most respected
| companies. It also raises questions over the methods employed to ensure the
| safety of nuclear operations in France and abroad.


Police want new remote hard drive search powers

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| At present, the proposed legislative changes don't appear to be related to EU
| moves to step up hacking of PCs in homes and offices by police.


FBI used spyware to catch cable-cutting extortionist

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| CIPAV spyware helped nab unemployed engineer angry over outsourcing


Congress Ponders Cybersecurity Power Grab

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| There was a lot of attention paid last week to a new "cybersecurity" bill
| that would drastically expand the government's power over the Internet. The
| two provisions that have probably attracted the most attention are the parts
| that would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" and
| then seize control of "any compromised Federal government or United States
| critical infrastructure information system or network." Perhaps even more
| troubling, the EFF notes a section that states that the government "shall
| have access to all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure)
| networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy
| restricting such access."



Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones

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| First time in history Cryptome.org has released information about the
| characteristics of NSA’s network surveillance.


Dual_EC_DRBG Added to Windows Vista

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| Microsoft has added the random-number generator Dual_EC-DRBG to Windows
| Vista, as part of SP1. Yes, this is the same RNG that could have an NSA
| backdoor.
| It's not enabled by default, and my advice is to never enable it. Ever.


Microsoft Cofee brews 'back door' fears

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| The assurances came after reports claiming that Cofee could provide a 'back
| door' into Microsoft operating systems and applications.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.

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