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Posts Tagged ‘botnet’

Pump-and-dump scamster pleads guilty

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

An Arizona man, James Bragg, recently pleaded guilty of conspriacy to commit securities fraud, and now faces a large fine and possible prison term for the pump-and-dump scams he perpetrated using botnets and spam.

Pump-and-dump scams involve hyping the value of a cheap/worthless stock by advertising it heavily over the internet using spam. Typically, the stock is bought by the attacker who then sends out the mails to hype the stock, which creates buying interest, and then the attacker sells all their stock, cashing in on the falsely inflated value.

In this case, the defendant had allegedly hired people to use botnets to distribute his messages. The botnets were also used to compromise private accounts so that these could be used to buy up large amounts of the stocks in question. He also faces charges from sending spam.

Full story is here

Andrew Lee
CTO, K7 Computing

Zeus Botnet discovered in 75,000 systems worldwide

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

As many as 75,000 computer systems at more than 2,500 companies worldwide could have been affected by a new Zeus botnet, experts have claimed. (more…)

Researchers unlock Torpig botnet

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Security researchers claim that they have uncovered crucial information on the workings of one of the world’s biggest botnets after hijacking as much as 70GB of data in just 10 days. (more…)

BBC under spotlight after Botnet investigation

Friday, March 13th, 2009

The BBC could have broken the law in the production of a programme that demonstrates how botnets are used to compromise PC’s. (more…)