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Facebook scuttles 250k-strong crypto-currency botnet

Facebook has taken down a Greek botnet that at its peak compromised 50,000 accounts and infected 250,000 computers to mine crypto-currencies, steal email and banking details and pump out spam. The scuttled Lecpetex botnet spread malware including the DarkComet remote access trojan by social engineering techniques and was adept …
Darren Pauli, 9 Jul 2014

Koobface worm-flinging gangster linked to pharma spam ops

What do you do after you've made millions through one of the most technically sophisticated strains of malware ever unleashed onto the internet? Make millions pushing penis-enhancing pills, according to more than one security researcher. The findings suggest at least one of the crooks behind Koobface has branched out to become …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2013
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Twitter simps fall for 'Obama punched a guy' vid promise scam

A spam campaign doing the rounds on Twitter that implausibly offers to show a picture, and then a video, of US President Obama punching someone in the face is ultimately designed to spread the infamous Koobface worm. Prospective victims typically receive a direct message on Twitter, which contains the text “Check out Obama …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2012
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Facebook donates cash seized from spammers to cyber CSI lab

Facebook has donated $250k it seized from spammers to an academic centre of excellence in the fight against cybercrime. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research will use the cash to build an expanded version of the faculty, due to open next year. The centre helped …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2012
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Five Koobface botnet suspects named by New York Times

Five suspected masterminds behind the infamous Koobface botnet have been unmasked in a move abetted by Facebook to put the heat on cyber-crimelords. Koobface, one of the most sophisticated strains of malware developed to date, has been harassing users of Facebook (and to a lesser extent Twitter) for years. Typically the virus …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2012
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Facebook says it's winning against Justin Bieber smut onslaught

Facebook said it is well on the way to cleaning up a noxious slurry of porn and pictures of dead animals left by a spam campaign that targeted users' walls this week. The attack - which resulted in punters being greeted by an avalanche of photoshopped pornographic images of Justin Bieber - involved tricking users into pasting …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2011
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Facebook worm spread via photo album chat lure

A new worm that spreads using a photo album chat message lure began proliferating across Facebook over the weekend. The photo lure is used to hoodwink potential users into downloading a malicious file, which appears in the guise of a photo viewing application. Victims are prompted to click a "View Photo" button. Gullible …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2011
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Koobface takedown exposes money trail

A Koobface server takedown operation which began over the weekend has already shed new light into the operations of the infamous botnet. UK ISP Coreix unplugged command and control servers linked to the worm on Friday as part of a wider takedown operation spearheaded by Canadian security firm SecDev. Nart Villeneuve, head of …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2010
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Facebook security team zeroes in on Koobface hackers

A Facebook security boss says police are closing in on the authors of the infamous Koobface worm. Nick Bilogorskiy, who leads the anti-malware team at the social network, told delegates at the Virus Bulletin conference in Vancouver on Wednesday that the hackers behind Koobface made an estimated $35,000 per week through their …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2010
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Cockeyed 'Knob Face' confusion masks real malware threat

Wrong-headed warnings about a worm spreading across Facebook are causing confusion about a real threat. If you believe messages doing the rounds on the social networking site then a "Trojan worm" called "Knob Face", which poses as supposed footage of an outrageously unlikely affair between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2010
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Koobface gang counter-poohpooh nemesis sec-pro Danchev

The gang behind the infamous Koobface worm has responded to a post by a security researcher on their activities and motives with an answer buried in the latest version of their malware. Noted security researcher Dancho Danchev posted a list of "10 things you didn't know about the Koobface gang" in a blog post back in February …
John Leyden, 18 May 2010
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Koobface server pops up in China after HK takedown

Security experts in Hong Kong last week succeeded in taking down a key component of the Koobface botnet, only to witness the system popping up in China. The Koobface FTP grabber component uploaded stolen FTP user names and passwords to the remote server, which was under the control of cybercrooks. These stolen login …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2010
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Koobface gang refresh botnet to beat takedown

Command and Control servers associated with the infamous Koobface worms have gone through a complete refresh over the last fortnight. Russian net security firm Kaspersky Lab reckons the change up might be aimed at making takedown efforts by cybercrime fighters more difficult. Koobface spreads via messages on social networking …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2010
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Koobface worm dons tinsel to snag seasonally-affected marks

Festive miscreants have begun using Xmas-themed lures to push the Koobface worm. The attack starts off with post from fake or pwned Facebook profiles that point to supposed video clips. Following these links takes users to a fake YouTube site that claims users need to install a Flash Player update to watch these "movie clips …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2009
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Hijacked Twitter accounts spread Koobface worm

The Koobface worm, which previously infected users of Facebook and MySpace, is spreading among users of micro-blogging website Twitter. The scale of the attack is unclear but serious enough for Twitter to issue a warning on Friday morning, via the service's status page. Koobface-related activity has been detected on Twitter …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2009
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Facebook worm hijacks web search

A new variant of the Koobface worm has returned to menace users of Facebook. As before, the malware generates messages to friends of infected users on the social networking website. These messages direct the unwary into visiting websites that supposedly offer video clips. Would-be marks are told they need the latest copy of …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2008

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