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    The Malware War of 2004.

    As another year is coming to a close, the following article provides a pretty accurate summation of our battles against the deviants in the Malware War of 2004.

    Phishing, spyware and other pests plagued 2004
    By Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Dec 30 2004 2:42PM

    Below are a few excerpts and I added the words in bold & underlined:

    Year in review:
    Computer worms raced around the world, leaving behind tools that spread spam. Scammers sent e-mail to trick bank account holders into revealing passwords…
    Some Causes:
    These were among the top Internet threats of 2004 as the perpetrators grew smarter and more sophisticated, driven more than ever by economic gains.

    "I just don't think users are educated enough when they are on machines and what they are doing with it."

    By fall, phishers began automating their scams, embedding scripts within e-mail to launch a legitimate site like Citibank's along with a fake pop-up window that captures account information. Many users would mistakenly believe the pop-up came from the bank, said Jim Murphy, director of product marketing at SurfControl plc
    The coming year could also mean more threats via cell phones, instant messaging software and Internet-based phone systems, as well as desktop search utilities being developed by Microsoft, Google Inc. and others.

    Users will need to bear the responsibility for security as much as software developers and service providers,
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    What.............I was sure that was by Ankit Fadia

    Happy new year

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    What.............I was sure that was by Ankit Fadia
    I see I’m not the only one that pokes fun at the cut & paste wizard. Maybe it is Ankit and he probably messed up the cut & paste of rot13 and tried to encrypt his name

    And a Happy and Peaceful New Year to All!

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    hacker of the decade "ankit fadia"

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    Originally posted here by yourdeadin
    hacker of the decade "ankit fadia"
    You forgot to add a Little Winky () Winky .............what if Mr Fadia Actually sees this and Jumps out of his Hide in Exicetement

    A related Article

    Cyber crime booms in 2004

    The last 12 months have seen a dramatic growth in almost every security threat that plague Windows PCs.

    The count of known viruses broke the 100,000 barrier and the number of new viruses grew by more than 50%.

    Similarly phishing attempts, in which conmen try to trick people into handing over confidential data, are recording growth rates of more than 30% and attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

    Also on the increase are the number of networks of remotely controlled computers, called bot nets, used by malicious hackers and conmen to carry out many different cyber crimes

    Teenage kicks

    One of the biggest changes of 2004 was the waning influence of the boy hackers keen to make a name by writing a fast-spreading virus, said Kevin Hogan, senior manager in Symantec's security response group.

    Although teenage virus writers will still play around with malicious code, said Mr Hogan, 2004 saw a significant rise in criminal use of malicious programs.

    The financial incentives were driving criminal use of technology, he said.

    His comment was echoed by Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant from anti-virus firm Sophos.

    Mr Cluley said: "When the commercial world gets involved, things really get nasty. Virus writers and hackers will be looking to make a tidy sum."
    Remote control

    Mr Hogan said worm writers were more interested in recruiting PCs to take part in "bot nets" that can be used to send out spam or to mount attacks on websites.

    In September Symantec released statistics which showed that the numbers of active "bot computers" rose from 2,000 to 30,000 per day.

    Thanks to these "bot nets", spam continued to be a problem in 2004. Anti-spam firms report that, in many cases, legitimate e-mail has shrunk to less than 30% of messages.

    Part of the reason that these "bot nets" have become so prevalent, he said, was due to a big change in the way that many viruses were created.

    In the past many viruses, such as Netsky, have been the work of an individual or group.

    By contrast, said Mr Hogan, the code for viruses such as Gaobot, Spybot and Randex were commonly held and many groups work on them to produce new variants at the same time.

    The result is that now there are more than 3,000 variations of the Spybot worm.

    "That's unprecedented," said Mr Hogan. "What makes it difficult is that they are all co-existing with each other and do not exist in an easy to understand chronology."

    Moving target

    The emergence of the first proper virus for mobile phones was also seen in 2004.

    In the past, threats to smart phones have been largely theoretical because the viruses created to cripple phones existed only in the laboratory rather than the wild.

    In June, the Cabir virus was discovered that can hop from phone to phone using Bluetooth short-range radio technology.

    Also released this year was the Mosquito game for Symbian phones which surreptitiously sends messages to premium rate numbers, and in November the Skulls Trojan came to light which can cripple phones.

    On the positive side, Finnish security firm F-Secure said that 2004 was the best-ever year for the capture, arrest and sentencing of virus writers and criminally-minded hackers.

    In total, eight virus writers were arrested and some members of the so-called 29A virus writing group were sentenced.

    One high-profile arrest was that of German teenager Sven Jaschen who confessed to be behind the Netsky and Sasser virus families.

    Also shut down were the Carderplanet and Shadowcrew websites that were used to trade stolen credit card numbers.
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    and a Merry Jerry New Year EveryOne **Poof** off to get Drunk .................Don't want to get a weeeeeee bit Sobet till the New year Arrives

    --Good Luck--

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