Mariposa botnet suspects quizzed in Slovenia
Butterfly investigation spreads its wings
Slovenian police have arrested four suspects over allegations that they developed the Mariposa botnet malware.
The arrests follow a joint investigation between the FBI and Slovenian police and come after the earlier arrest of three suspects in Spain, who are charged with distributing Mariposa and using it to hack into online bank accounts. The alleged East European VXers are suspected of developing the software for the Spaniards, Slovenian news agency STA reports.
Investigators reckon Mariposa compromised 12.7 million Windows PCs worldwide. Spanish police recovered stolen bank and login credentials of 800,000 people from systems seized during the arrest of three local suspects. ®
I went AV free in ~2000 and after that switched to gnu/linux only systems in 2003. So there really wasn't anything to worry about. And considering my paranoid nature I tend to block of a ton of stuff by default.
I've heard of winpatrol a few times, i may try that
thanks grumpy =]
Yes and no
While AV will not make you safe it'll remove the obvious threats, leaving you to worry about anything new. I've found that a combination of Secunia PSI and WinPatrol was quite good at preventing and detecting problems. PSI for making sure everything is patched up (whatever good that'll do you in the face of zeroday), WinPatrol for detecting when nastyware is modifying your system. Not perfect but better than nothing. Automation of paranoia, so to speak.