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Government and corporate Windows PCs were among the ranks of a 1.9 million botnet recently discovered by net security firm Finjan. Finjan security researchers discovered the control server of the botnet after tracing back an infection from a corporate client. Evidence on the cybercrime server, which was hosted in the Ukraine, …

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Linux

Yet ANOTHER reason...

...to ditch Windows and move to Linux.

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Well done AVG

Why pay more...

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Coat

BuzzWord of the Day - 22 April 2009

"cyber-"

Cybercrime, cybercrooks, cybergang...

Seriously... If I want "i", "e" or "cyber" in front of everything, I'll read BBC News' technology section.

Getting my coat, because even el Reg seems to be dumbing down.

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Whoops

All your data are belong to us. Government, security,joke.

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Alert

B, b, b, b, b, but....

I thought Firefox was immune to attacks ?

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Linux

As it happens...

I'm in the middle of disinfecting a machine with this very bot on it. They certainly did a good job of protecting it, and even the likes of Combofix/SDFix/MBAM/etc etc etc haven't picked up all of it. Thankfully with the rootkit out of the way (not detected) I can identify the rest of the files and remove them the old fashioned way.

So glad I'm a Linux guy!

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Erm....

These machines are behind a firewall right

They only have official paid for software installed

They are only used for official government business, no looking at dodgy websites.

USB keys aren't allowed anymore.

They are managed by expensive EDS/Cap Gemini/IBM etc consultants.

Shouldn't somebody be fired when a machine gets a virus?

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Pretty brave of them to highlight Government incompetence

As we all know, it an offence under the (Anti-)Terrorism Act to embarrass the Government. Wait for the news of the Terrorist squad to arresting them a 6am and threatening them with life imprisonment.

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oops

oops.

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Stop

now it gets attention

yeah, so only now that govt systems got infected the police are suddenly interested in this type of thing.. typical ! especially considering that this botnet case is pretty much resolved already.

i'm confident that i'm not alone with story of police completely disinterested and apparently lacking manpower for such low priority e-crime.

my credit card details stoilen and very stupidly (you would think) used by crooks to pay congestion charge for their vehicle. of which we got the details and handed to police. it would have been a simple matter to get their details from their car registration from transaction details supplied, then go and arrest them. i certainly wanted to press charges.

but nope. police were far too busy with other matters to do their job, for which i pay over the top taxes for.

thank you for listening to my ranty complaint.

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Administrator rights

This is all about letting users on with administrator rights, right? Pretty easy fix there then.

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Happy

@Martin

"Erm....

These machines are behind a firewall right

They only have official paid for software installed

They are only used for official government business, no looking at dodgy websites.

USB keys aren't allowed anymore.

They are managed by expensive EDS/Cap Gemini/IBM etc consultants.

Shouldn't somebody be fired when a machine gets a virus?"

You must be new here... (i.e. on this planet).

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Flame

Stupid here

But how do you find out if your system is compromised? I have Bitdefender 2008 (the 2009 version I don't like), and I run Malwarebytes once a week and Vista (I know, I know), fully updated. Neither mention zombie botnets.

Governments chase after child porn and terrorist sites but they do fuck all against Nigerian scammers and Russian infections (as examples only). Why am I paying taxes again? to imprison couples who lie about where their kids live (erm, politicians and their 'second home') and owners who have dogs that poop on pavements (see: politicians befouling the world around them).

Not happy, not happy at all.

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Linux

Software....

Why are the Gov. Especially those departments with access to sensitive data, Using propetiery public software?

Why not use a bit og GPL software. with some modding. The ole' security through obscurity trick!

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