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Multi-platform Java bot marshals ZOMBIE FORCE against spammers

Miscreants have brewed a multi-platform strain of malware capable of infecting Windows, Mac OS and Linux PCs. The evil bot, which surfaced in early January, was written entirely in Java and designed to take advantage of the CVE-2013-2465 vulnerability (a Java flaw patched by Oracle last June) to infect victims. The malware - …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2014

ZOMBIE apocalypse! The 'LIVING DEAD' are HERE – Fox News confirmed it

Within the past hour, Fox News declared today is "World Zombie Day", and urged us all to "bring out the living dead" in an online cock-up. Initially it was feared the US news outlet's website had been hacked and defaced – but the broadcaster was quick to blame an "internal production problem" for the gaffe. The Fox News web …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Nov 2013
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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

Cisco must by now be getting sick of acting as defender-by-proxy of the entire computer networking industry, with yet another pile of ex-Nortel patents being wrapped up in a lawsuit delivered to San Jose. Spherix, once a biotech and now a patent toll-collector, picked more than 100 former Nortel patents from troll-in-chief …
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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

Google has won a victory in its battle against patent troll Rockstar, with a US District Court judge having denied Rockstar's request to try the case in the troll-friendly Eastern District of Texas, rather than in California. Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View, California, filed suit against Rockstar in December and …
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2014
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VMware's Project Zombie gives dumb servers BRAAAAINS

VMware has taken the wraps off the gigantic task-automation system that will marshal resources in its upcoming infrastructure-as-a-service cloud. "Project Zombie" was unveiled at PuppetConf 2013 in San Francisco on Friday by VMware's infernal zombie commander (officially: Automation Architect, Hybrid Cloud Services) Nicholas …
Jack Clark, 23 Aug 2013
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'Quarter' of TWO-MILLION-strong zombie PC army lured to their deaths

Symantec has claimed credit for luring a significant lump of the powerful ZeroAccess botnet into a sinkhole. ZeroAccess has been active since 2011 and is one of the largest known botnets in existence: it has upwards of 1.9 million infected computers forming its army, all remotely controlled by miscreants. This swarm of PC robots …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2013
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Microsoft: Play hookey on Xbox One day - chug a dose of ZOMBIE FLU

The Microsoft Xbox One team has drawn up a draft sick note for layabouts hoping to take Friday off work to play with their new games consoles. If you simply can't think of a good reason why you can't make it into the office, or log in remotely from home, tomorrow, Redmond bods have a template doctor's letter for you. Sadly, Xbox …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2013
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Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt

Microsoft has teamed up with the FBI to launch a renewed attempt to disrupt the operations of the infamous ZeroAccess botnet. ZeroAccess is responsible for infecting over two million computers, specifically targeting search results as part of a click-fraud scam that Redmond estimates is costing online advertisers $2.7m a month. …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013
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ZOMBIE iPAD PERIL? Cyberbadness slinger touts tool for iOS

A Swiss Army knife-like piece of malware has been ported to Apple's iOS from Windows and Linux, a security research team has claimed. We're told Zorenium is a low-profile, cross-platform, remote-controllable bot with advanced features including the ability to empty victims' online bank accounts, contribute to distributed denial- …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014
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Botnet masters using Tor to hide control tools for ZOMBIE SLAVES

The Tor anonymisation network is being used to hide 900 botnet and cybercrime-related hidden services, according to Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky security researchers report that the Tor network is playing host to the ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger and the ZeuS banking malware control infrastructure, as well as the first Tor …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2014
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Android security relies on ZOMBIE CRYPTO, argues infosec pundit

A German researcher is asking why Google is using the “horribly broken” RC4 and MD5 cipher as its first-default for SSL. The change, he notes in this blog post, has gone unnoticed since December 2010, when the Android 2.3 release swapped from a default preference for the AES256-SHA1 cipher (followed by 3DES and AES128), instead …
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Ruby on Fails: Zombie SERVER army built thanks to Rails bug

A critical vulnerability in trendy web programming kit Ruby on Rails is being abused to conscript hacked website servers into a growing botnet army. A security bug (CVE-2013-0156) in the open-source application framework was patched in January, but months later many website owners have failed to apply the update, leaving code on …
John Leyden, 30 May 2013
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MUM's WordPress recipe blog USED AS ZOMBIE in DDoS attacks

Tens of thousands of vulnerable WordPress sites have been co-opted into a server-based botnet being used to run DDoS attacks. More than 160,000 legitimate WordPress sites were abused to run a large HTTP-based (layer 7) distributed flood attack against a target, which called in cloud security firm Sucuri for help. Security …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2014

Bitcoin's so over. We're mining Primeco... Oh SNAP, my box is a ZOMBIE!

Security experts have warned crypto-currency fans of malware hidden in certain miners for Bitcoin-alike cryptocurrency Primecoin. The malicious Primecoin miners were found on various Chinese sites and torrents by Panda Security researcher Mehrdad Yazdizadeh. "Primecoin miners are written in Python and other scripting languages …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jan 2014
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Brit physics student debuts zombie flick shot inside LHC

What do you get when some attractive students stay up too late inside the Large Hadron Collider and aren't told about radiation leaks? Zombies and lots of scary moments inside very long subterranean tunnels seem to be the answer, judging by the preview below for Decay, a film written and directed by actual PhD candidate and …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Dec 2012

Twitter-mad twits trade 14 million shares in BANKRUPT zombie biz

US regulators have had to change the stock symbol of bankrupt electronics firm Tweeter after some overexcited investors mistook the shares for soon-to-IPO microblogging website Twitter's stocks, sending them surging by 750 per cent. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority assigned Tweeter Home Entertainment Group the new …
Team Register, 10 Oct 2013
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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

Google, Motorola and Samsung are fielding new patent suits from Corel-owned Micrografx over graphics rendering, covering a slew of Android-based products as well as the Chocolate Factor's Google Maps. Micrografx – a brand that faded from view more than a decade ago after its acquisition by Corel – is claiming that both Samsung …
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Fun-killing fireshow-flunking ZOMBIE COMET ISON only LOOKED alive

The images that appeared to capture the resurrection of Comet ISON have turned out to be nothing more than a few snaps of the space rock's ghost, as it has continued to fade from view. After the comet seemingly came back from the dead after sputtering out just prior to perihelion*, astroboffins are now coming to the conclusion …
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Zombie apocalypse survivors frozen in terror by hacker raid

Controversial online zombie-blasting video game The War Z is on pause after hackers raided its forum and its database of players. Publisher OP Productions has advised survivors - what it calls its 600,000 or so gamers - to change their passwords: the as-yet unidentified infiltrators of its computer systems accessed players' …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2013
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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Ever wondered what a Walking Dead-style apocalypse would be like? Well, now you have the opportunity through an immersive "zombie experience", which lets the brave take on undead in an abandoned shopping centre. Those of you who failed to get an invite to Capcom's AR hunt this week will be pleased to know there's an even more …
Caleb Cox, 21 Mar 2012
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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

Pranksters managed to hack a TV emergency alert system in Montana on Monday to broadcast an on-air audio warning about the supposed start of a zombie apocalypse. Viewers of Great Falls, Montana, television station KRTC watching a Jerry Springer-style show (specifically the Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors segment of The Steve …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2013
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Another zombie 'bogus app' bug shambles out of Android

Jay Freeman, aka @saurik, has detailed another Zip implementation bug in pre-4.4 (Kit Kat) versions of Android which, similarly to the notorious APK vulnerability exposed earlier this year, opens a hole that malware can sneak through. Freeman – whose previous credentials include security analysis of Google Glass and uncovering …
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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

The charity behind the tiny Brit computer Raspberry Pi apparently came under fire from a million-strong botnet army last night. Zombie machines were instructed by unknown assailants to launch a massive denial-of-service attack on the Raspberry Pi Foundation's website. The organisation warned the world that its online home was …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2013
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Zombie PC herders issue commands from Tor hideout

Security researchers have discovered a botnet that uses the Tor anonymiser network to hide its command nodes. Owners of the compromised network of Windows PCs have placed their command-and-control server, which uses the common IRC protocol, as a hidden service inside of the Tor network. Aside from the use of Tor for extra …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2012
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Crooks can milk '$100k a day' from 1-million-zombie ZeroAccess army

The stealthy ZeroAccess botnet commands a zombie army of more than one million machines, according to new research. A study by Sophos published last week reveals that the latest version of the malware, which is designed for either click fraud or Bitcoin mining, has infected more than 9 million machines over its lifetime. The …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2012
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Emergency alert system easily pwnable after epic ZOMBIE attack prank

Hardware powering the US Emergency Alert System can be easily tricked into broadcasting bogus apocalyptic warnings from afar, say experts. Researchers at computer security biz IOActive reckon they found private encryption keys within firmware updates for the devices; miscreants armed with this information could successfully …
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2013

'Zombie hunter' task force unleashed on the UK tech biz

A special force of crack zombie hunters swings into action today to rid old Blighty of the shuffling scourge of undead firms surviving only to pay the interest on debts. The mission of the task force, whose formation was revealed by The Channel last month, is to build a profile of private equity backed businesses in the IT …
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2013
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Yellow Pages targets zombie survivalist market

Australia’s Yellow Pages will hand out A$2500 to the developer whose app best assists users to survive a zombie invasion and/or apocalypse … with the aid of the popular business directory. The reason for the prize is the API that Sensis, publisher of the Yellow Pages in Australia, offers developers who wish to link to dredge …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2012
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Brace for MORE ZOMBIE ATTACK ALERT pranks, warns security bod

Vulnerabilities in America's TV emergency alert system - exploited last week by pranksters to put out fake warnings of a zombie apocalypse - remain widespread, it is claimed. And that's after station bosses remember to change the default passwords on their broadcast equipment. Mischievous miscreants managed to hack into a …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2013
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India crowned global spam-spewing zombie king AGAIN

India has cemented its position as the world's biggest fire hose of spam email, according to new figures. Hacked computers in the republic working on behalf of crooks spewed more than one in ten of the globe's spam mails in the last quarter, reported web security firm Sophos. India is home to 5.3 per cent of the world’s …
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2012
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Zombie PCs exploit hookup site in 4Square-for-malware scam

Security researchers have discovered a strain of malware that uses the geolocation service offered by an adult dating website as an easy way to determine the location of infected machines. Thousands of infected machines in a zombie network all phoned home to the URL promos.fling.com/geo/txt/city.php at the adult hookup site …
John Leyden, 08 May 2012
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Zombie BT mobile patent emerges in hands of troll

A Delaware company called Steelhead Licensing has filed a world+dog lawsuit alleging infringement of a patent it acquired from BT. The list of defendants here includes Apple, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, HTC, Kyocera, LG, NEC, Motorola, RIM, Sony and others. Carriers are included in the target list because their personal hotspot …

When ZOMBIES attack: DDoS traffic triples as 20Gbps becomes the new normal

DDoS traffic has more than trebled since the start of 2013, according to a new study released on Thursday that fingers zombie networks as the primary source of junk traffic that can be used to flood websites. More than a quarter of all botnets are located in either India, China and Iran. The study, by DDoS mitigation firm …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2014

Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

It's time to fire up the Apple big-screen TV rumor mill again: a report out of Taiwan says that Apple has held talks in the US with representatives of Corning, Foxconn, and G-Tech Optoelectronics for the purpose of getting Corning to share some of its Gorilla Glass expertise with G-Tech. That expertise would assist the Taiwanese …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Aug 2013
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Midlands council laughs at zombie-apocalypse threat

Leicester City Council has been forced to admit that it lacks a comprehensive emergency plan should the Midlands city be hit by zombie attack. The council received a Freedom of Information request which asked: Dear Leicester City Council, Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie …
John Oates, 10 Jun 2011
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Parasites spark swarm of ZOMBIE BEES

Researchers have found a type of parasite that turns bees into zombies, causing them to exhibit strange behavior before dying. The discovery was made by accident, after San Francisco State University professor of biology John Hafernik collected some bees he found outside his office so that he could feed them to a praying mantis …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jan 2012
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'Zombie bullets' fly off US shelves after wave of undead attacks

Special ammunition optimised for fighting zombies is selling like hot cakes in the USA, according to reports, following sensational media coverage of incidents involving flesh-eating and similar undead-esque behaviour. In particular, fears of an imminent zombie plague were stoked by the recent case of Rudy Eugene. The 31-year- …
Lewis Page, 11 Jun 2012
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Staggering Kelihos zombie army smacked down AGAIN

A resurrected incarnation of the infamous Kelihos botnet has been taken out. The takedown operation – mounted by Kaspersky Lab's experts, along with the CrowdStrike Intelligence Team, Dell SecureWorks and members of the Honeynet Project – follows six months after the original spam-spewing and credential-stealing botnet was …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2012
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Google tools gaffe let ZOMBIE web admins feast on websites

Google potentially allowed former web admins to drive corporate websites off a cliff by resurrecting deleted accounts for its webmaster tools service. Google Webmaster Tools accounts can be used by anyone to manage their websites, from checking the indexing of pages to fine-tuning their visibility in the dominant search engine. …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012
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Shock ZOMBIE attack could kill off Nokia's 3G phones

A US appeals court has brought an InterDigital patent gripe against Nokia back to life today, three years after the International Trade Commission kicked it to the kerb. InterDigital lodged its appeal after the ITC decided that Nokia wasn't infringing on four of its patents back in 2009. InterDigital claims some of its …
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Zombie CISPA cybersecurity bill rises from Congressional grave

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which President Obama threatened to veto for its lack of privacy protection, has been resurrected by its sponsors and will be reintroduced to the US House of Representatives this week. CISPA sets up a framework to allow government agencies to share information on new …
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2013
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US admiral reveals safety plan for Zombie Apocalypse

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a report on how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. In a blog post, Rear Admiral Ali S Khan, assistant surgeon general and director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, provides a brief history of the zombie and explains the dos and don'ts of …
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Zombie PCs are for crimelord chumps: Fear clusters, says infosec ace

It may be possible for a "single dedicated attacker" to run an internet "carpet-bombing" attack by applying Big Data and distributed computing technologies, security researcher Alejandro Caceres warns. The traditional botnet, or network of hijacked computers, has been used for distributed computing problems, such as Bitcoin …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2013
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Capita and pals get £500m for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE call centre

The Department of Health (DH) has awarded a framework agreement to four suppliers for health-related managed contact centre services, worth up to £500m. Capita Customer Management, 118, Vangent and MM Teleperformance have been named as the chosen suppliers. According to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, the …

The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

So there you are in the cinema. Watching Titanic again for some reason. Kate Winslet has just saucily suggested to Leonardo Di Caprio that he paints her like one of his French girls. Then she leans over and pokes you in the eye. What happened there? You’ve got a fair idea how 3D films are made, and you’re pretty confident that …
Michael Moran, 07 Aug 2013
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Zombie LulzSec brags of exposing loved-up privates

A group claiming to be the re-animated corpse of the LulzSec hacking group is getting its lulz from messing up the love lives of army personnel. The personal details of tens of thousands of servicemen and women may have been exposed following a hack on a US-based military dating website. "LulzSec Reborn" posted a message on …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

“The UK government has made a commitment to reintroduce exit checks by 2015. The Home Office will deliver on this commitment,” said the Home Office in July. Actually, it probably won’t, replied deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Home secretary Theresa May told Parliament’s home affairs committee in April that exit checks were …
SA Mathieson, 24 Sep 2013
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Undead galaxy cluster spews 700 zombie baby stars A YEAR

Astroboffins have spotted a galaxy cluster that's breaking all the cosmic rules, including coming back to life to spawn stars at an enormous rate. The Phoenix cluster is spewing out the celestial bodies at the highest rate ever observed for the middle of a galaxy cluster; it's the most powerful producer of X-rays of any known …
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Death by iPod: beware the zombie trance

A 46 year-old woman wearing headphones was run over and killed by an ambulance in Sydney, Australia at the weekend. Police think she may not have heard the sirens. If so, the victim is a case of Death by iPod - a bugbear of NSW Police who blame careless music playing, headphone wearing walkers for a 25 per cent rise in …
Drew Cullen, 06 Sep 2010
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Must try HARDER, infosec lads: We're RUBBISH at killing ZOMBIES

Botnet takedowns need to be improved if the industry is to avoid the risk of creating more problems than it solves every time its decapitates a zombie network, according to a former Scotland Yard detective turned security researcher. Adrian Culley, a technical consultant at infosec firm Damballa* who served with the Met Police …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2013