01.28.09

Gemini version available ♊︎

Windows Botnets Go Out of Control, Obama Web Site Delivers Windows Malware

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 10:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

THERE ARE SO MANY MICROSOFT failure stories to share today that it’s hard to decide where to start.

Sites Hijacked

Microsoft’s security nightmares as of late [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] are where we begin by presenting the following report about a government site in Australia getting cracked and doing enough harm that it needed to be shut down.

Like you, I get masses of spam. I knew it wasn’t from jobs.nsw.gov.au no matter how much it pretended to be. I deleted it figuring it was “just another” bit of junk mail, although I was surprised to find one purporting to be from the NSW Government job board; that was definitely a new one on me!

Had I thought about it deeper I might have considered this was no ordinary spam. This time there was a direct relationship between how the spammers got my e-mail address and the organisation they purported to represent.

It turns out the Department of Commerce has taken this whole incident very seriously indeed, and far more than common garden-variety spam would necessitate.

If you visit the site jobs.nsw.gov.au you will see it is inaccessible, and in fact, has been for a week. A message advises that the system is down for “system maintenance.”

The site is powered by Microsoft IIS.

Moving on a little, it turns out that Obama’s Web site too is causing harm. Some pages in it are distributing Windows malware.

Web security firm Websense reports that malicious hackers have registered multiple bogus user accounts on My.BarackObama.com. The site allows legitimate punters to join groups, raise funds, or creates blogs. The griefers have established blogs with fake YouTube clips, ostensibly offering grumble flicks.

According to some new statistics, there is a sharp increase in distribution of Windows malware, with more malicious sites than one can practically keep track of:

AVG is seeing between 200,000 to 300,000 new Web sites per day hosting code that can in some cases result in a PC being infected with malware just by visiting the site, said Roger Thompson, AVG’s chief research officer.

Zombies/Botnets Explode

Conficker is still running wild and it’s draining resources along its path (human resources and Web resources).

The world’s top virus hunters are watching every move made by the attacker in control of a nasty new Internet worm — referred to as “downadup” or “conficker.”

The number of infected Windows PCs keeps growing fast.

A virulent computer virus has infected as many as 15 million computers around the world so far, according to various estimates.

The virus — a self-replicating computer worm known as Downadup, Conficker or Kido — spreads across computer networks using Microsoft Windows software which have not been patched or updated properly. Microsoft issued a patch that fixes the vulnerability the virus exploits last October.

This is also covered here.

Computer experts are preparing to respond to further virus outbreaks and security threats posed by the Windows worm, known as Conficker, Kido and Downadup, which has infected more than 15 million PCs worldwide.

Had Microsoft cared about security rather than premature announcements (vapourware) and irresponsible releases, the Internet would have been a better and safer place to travel.

“Our products just aren’t engineered for security.”

Brian Valentine, Microsoft executive

Broken glass

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

5 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 28, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Gravatar

    Over the years there have been various Internet milestones. e.g. www passing telnet, then passing ftp-data. ogg vorbis passing 12% of audio, etc. e-mail becoming 60% then 90% spam from windows botnets.

    At what point does (has) the point where the majority of traffic is windows malware get passed?

    Internet has been good, but is in terminal stage windows infestation. Internet2 died on the vine in part because of MS and probably in part because of Doug. How about Internet3, starting with a flat out ban on closed protocols *and* a prohibition against any Windows or MS products…

  2. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Gravatar

    Both the UPI article and the USA Today article have major errors. Both misidentify the worm as an “Internet” worm or a “computer” worm. It is neither. It is a Windows worm.

    110 years of journalistic excellence my ass.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Gravatar

    This is a very important point that Carla wrote about. I mentioned her 2 writings on this subject and gave a new example of Microsoft pressure groups muscling journalists.

  4. twitter said,

    January 28, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Gravatar

    Messing with the president’s website make a serious federal reaction for these idiots. It will be interesting to watch GWB’s wiretap program turned around to track the spammer’s network. (Who knows, Obama might even get the propper search warrants.) My prediction is that the botnet trail will lead back to WE and other corporate proxies and Obama will dig as deep as he can to find it and any other pieces of Republican guilt. Even if he can’t find that, the M$ cesspool is sure to have dire consequences for M$. We’ve already seen stories about him grumbling about White House computer backwardness and being forced to use a Winblows Mobile handset. Silly stories about iPods and Zunes must also chafe, who would not resent being used as an endorsement for something as rotten as Zune? Porn spam on his website might move Obama’s M$ relationship from disdain to hatred.

  5. Gentoo User said,

    January 28, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Gravatar

    Apparently you forgot to write up a nasty condemnation of all those PHP/Apache-based sites that were hacked to serve off malware a while ago. They targeted a vulnerability that had a readily-available patch weeks before the exploit was seen in the wild. And then they used Google bombs to draw traffic to the pages, if I recall.

    Oh no, wait. You didn’t forget, of course.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Debian 11 on My Main Rig: So Far Mostly OK, But Missing Some Software From Debian 10

    Distributions of GNU/Linux keep urging us to move to the latest, but is the latest always the greatest? On Friday my Debian 10 drive died, so I started moving to Debian 11 on a new drive and here's what that did to my life.



  2. Stigmatising GNU/Linux for Not Withstanding Hardware Failures

    Nowadays "the news" is polluted with a lot of GNU/Linux-hostile nonsense; like with patents, the signal-to-noise ratio is appalling and here we deal with a poor 'report' about "Linux servers" failing to work



  3. Microsofters Inside Sirius 'Open Source'

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ has been employing incompetent managers for years — a sentiment shared among colleagues by the way; today we examine some glaring examples with redacted communications to prove it



  4. Links 29/01/2023: GNOME 43.3 Fixes and Lots About Games

    Links for the day



  5. The Hey Hype Machine

    "Hey Hype" or "Hey Hi" (AI) has been dominating the press lately and a lot of that seems to boil down to paid-for marketing; we need to understand what's truly going on and not be distracted by the substance-less hype



  6. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 28, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 28, 2023



  7. Unmasking AI

    A guest article by Andy Farnell



  8. The ISO Delusion/Sirius Corporation: A 'Tech' Company Run by Non-Technical People

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ was hiring people who brought to the company a culture of redundant tasks and unwanted, even hostile technology; today we continue to tell the story of a company run by the CEO whose friends and acquaintances did severe damage



  9. Links 28/01/2023: Lots of Catching Up (Had Hardware Crash)

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 27, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, January 27, 2023



  11. Microsoft DuckDuckGo Falls to Lowest Share in 2 Years After Being Widely Exposed as Microsoft Proxy, Fake 'Privacy'

    DuckDuckGo, according to this latest data from Statcounter, fell from about 0.71% to just 0.58%; all the gains have been lost amid scandals, such as widespread realisation that DuckDuckGo is a Microsoft informant, curated by Microsoft and hosted by Microsoft (Bing is meanwhile laying off many people, but the media isn’t covering that or barely bothers)



  12. This is What the Microsoft-Sponsored Media Has Been Hyping Up for Weeks (Ahead of Microsoft Layoffs)

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan



  13. [Meme] António Campinos Wants to Be F***ing President Until 2028

    António Campinos insists he will be EPO President for 10 years, i.e. even longer than Benoît Battistelli (despite having appalling approval rates from staff)



  14. European Patent Office Staff Losing Hope

    The EPO’s management with its shallow campaign of obfuscation (pretending to protect children or some other nonsense) is not fooling patent examiners, who have grown tired and whose representatives say “the administration shows no intention of involving the staff representation in the drafting of the consultant’s mandate” (like in Sirius ‘Open Source’ where technical staff is ignored completely for misguided proposals to pass in the dark)



  15. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 26, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 26, 2023



  16. Sirius Relegated/Demoted/Destined Itself to Technical Hell by Refusing to Listen to the Technical Staff (Which Wanted to Stay With Asterisk/Free Software)

    In my final year at Sirius ‘Open Source’ communication systems had already become chaotic; there were too many dysfunctional tools, a lack of instructions, a lack of coordination and the proposed ‘solution’ (this past October) was just more complexity and red tape



  17. Geminispace Approaching Another Growth Milestone (2,300 Active Capsules)

    The expansion of Geminispace is worth noting again because another milestone is approached, flirted with, or will be surpassed this coming weekend



  18. [Meme] Cannot Get a Phone to Work... in 2022

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ wasted hours of workers’ time just testing the phone after it had moved to a defective system of Google (proprietary); instead of a rollback (back to Asterisk) the company doubled down on the faulty system and the phones still didn’t work properly, resulting in missing calls and angst (the company just blamed the workers who all along rejected this new system)



  19. [Meme] Modern Phones

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ is mistaking “modern” for better; insecurity and a lack of tech savvy typically leads to that



  20. The ISO Delusion: Sirius Corporation Demonstrates a Lack of Understanding of Security and Privacy

    Sirius ‘Open Source’, emboldened by ISO ‘paperwork’ (certification), lost sight of what it truly takes to run a business securely, mistaking worthless gadgets for “advancement” while compelling staff to sign a new contract in a hurry (prior contract-signing scandals notwithstanding)



  21. Links 26/01/2023: LibreOffice 7.4.5 and Ubuntu Pro Offers

    Links for the day



  22. Links 26/01/2023: GNU poke 3.0 and PipeWire 0.3.65

    Links for the day



  23. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 25, 2023



  24. Companies Would Collapse Upon Abandoning Their Original Goals (That Attracted All the Productive Staff)

    Staff with technical skills won't stick around in companies that reject technical arguments and moreover move to proprietary software in a company that brands itself "Open Source"



  25. [Meme] Listen to Your Workers, Avert Disaster

    Companies that refuse to take input from staff are doomed to fail



  26. The ISO Delusion: When the Employer Doesn’t Understand the Company's Value Proposition (Building Systems) and Rejects Security

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ has failed to sell what it was actually good at; instead it hired unqualified people and outsourced almost everything



  27. Links 25/01/2023: NuTyX 23.01.1 and GNU Guile 3.0.9 Released

    Links for the day



  28. Links 25/01/2023: Stratis 3.5.0 and Many Political Links

    Links for the day



  29. New Record Low: Only One 'Linux' Article in ZDNet in More Than Two Weeks

    Only a few years ago ZDNet published about 3 “Linux” stories per day (mostly FUD pieces); now it’s a ghost town, painted in ‘alien green’; considering ZDNet’s agenda (and sponsors) maybe it’s better this way



  30. Links 25/01/2023: Pale Moon 32.0 and DXVK 2.1

    Links for the day


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts