If one thing is definite about Internet security and worm attacks, say experts, it is that cyber attacks are on the rise in 2004. Consider the worldwide effect of highly publicized worms like last year's SoBig series and the recent Sinit Trojan and MyDoom outbreaks. Given the potency of some of thes...
The past year has had no shortage of costly and complicating computer viruses and worms -- SoBig, Swen, Klez and Yaha, among others -- but what might be more troubling is the intersection of these attacks with the world of spam, which not only is pouring on in quantity, but also is carrying more des...
In response to what is being called the fastest-spreading computer virus of all time, SCO Group -- targeted by the MyDoom worm's estimated 3 million infected machines in a planned denial-of-service (DoS) attack scheduled for February 1st -- is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to th...
A worm -- known as Bagle -- is spreading primarily among Asian and Pacific Rim computers. It does not disguise itself as porn, pictures from friends or funny jokes, yet its simplicity has already duped many users into running the attached executable and perpetuating its existence. Arriving with the ...
A new Trojan horse computer program, which secretly steals personal information by tricking users into visiting a malicious Web site, is trying to duplicate the devious success of the Swen worm, which infected more than a million machines last September. Known as "Xombe," the new Trojan horse progra...
With more than mere reputation on the line, virus writers are using the MiMail worm as the basis for more advanced attacks aimed at identity theft. Security experts said the latest MiMail-I variant -- which spoofs official PayPal correspondence -- began to spread early Friday morning, and while it i...
Reinforcing the message that can be easily inferred from recent virus and worm outbreaks, security giant Symantec has reported that attacks on company computers -- up 19 percent to an average of 38 attacks per business per week -- increasingly are using a potent combination of disclosed security vul...
State and federal law enforcement authorities have announced a second arrest related to a variant of the Blaster computer worm. Meanwhile, security experts are watching and waiting for another virus variant to take advantage of a similar security hole in Microsoft Windows systems. Blaster took advan...
The Swen computer worm is turning out to be a bigger problem than previously expected, using a brief head start on computer antivirus defenses, as well as complex abilities and an effective masquerade, to infect Windows machines and spread via e-mail to many users. The worm, also known as "Gibe" or ...
Despite the recent success of computer worms, such as Blaster, that have pounced on newly discovered vulnerabilities, a new threat that looks remarkably like a legitimate security e-mail from Microsoft is using a two-year-old vulnerability to infect thousands of computers. Known as "Swen" or "Gibe,"...
Authorities in Romania are investigating another suspected writer of a Blaster variant, according to Bucharest-based BitDefender, which reported similarities between the 24-year-old suspect and Jeffrey Lee Parson, the Minnesota teenager accused of authoring a different Blaster variant. The U.S. arre...
Federal officials reportedly have closed in on an 18-year-old man believed to be the author of a variant of the Blaster worm, which affected nearly half a million computers earlier this month. An announcement of the suspect's arrest was expected in Seattle, Washington, near the headquarters of Micro...
As law enforcement officials continue their search for the origin of the SoBig.F computer worm that clogged servers and networks last week, security experts are watching for the next variant and worrying that antivirus defenses might be flawed. While the outbreak might have both home and corporate c...
A New Zealand man who bore the brunt of the recent backlash against spam has said he is leaving the business that fills e-mail boxes with solicitations and suspect messages. After an article in a local newspaper identified him as a major spammer, Shane Atkinson said he was inundated with threatening...
At the tail end of what could be called this summer's "Worm Week," antivirus and security experts watched carefully as the spreading SoBig.F variant flooded in-boxes around the Internet with millions of virus-laden e-mails. Antivirus researchers said the worm, which was set to activate a barrage of ...