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Windows 7: OPERATION WINDIGO: Malware Used To Attack Over 500,000 Computers Daily


18 Mar 2014   #1

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OPERATION WINDIGO: Malware Used To Attack Over 500,000 Computers Daily

OPERATION WINDIGO: Malware Used To Attack Over 500,000 Computers Daily After 25,000 UNIX Servers Hijacked By Backdoor Trojan

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Security researchers at ESET, in collaboration with CERT-Bund, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing as well as other agencies, have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal campaign that has seized control of over 25,000 Unix servers worldwide.

The attack, which has been dubbed “Operation Windigo” by security experts, has resulted in infected servers sending out millions of spam emails. Its complex knot of sophisticated malware components are designed to hijack servers, infect the computers that visit them, and steal information. Victims of “Operation Windigo” have included cPanel and kernel.org.

ESET’s security research team, which uncovered Windigo, today published a detailed technical paper, presenting the findings of the team’s investigations and malware analysis. The paper also provides guidance on how to find out if your systems are affected and instructions for removing the malicious code. Download ESET’s detailed technical paper about “Operation Windigo”
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19 Mar 2014   #2

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Am I reading that right? The way the servers get infected is someone walks into the room and manually installs it on the server?
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19 Mar 2014   #3

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That's what it said. Apparently tens of thousands of people have done just that. People will do anything for a dollar.
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19 Mar 2014   #4

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Eh?

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... have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal campaign that has seized control of over 25,000 Unix servers worldwide.
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“... for over two and a half years, and currently has 10,000 servers under its control,” said ESET security researcher Marc-Étienne Léveillé.
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That's what it said. Apparently tens of thousands of people have done just that. People will do anything for a dollar.
Never underestimate the lure of "free porn".
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20 Mar 2014   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Am I reading that right? The way the servers get infected is someone walks into the room and manually installs it on the server?
The moral is that the best in security software are absolutely useless when the user/administrator (who is naturally assumed to be trusted) intentionally circumvents them.

Put another way, the weakest link is always the human. The fairly recent case of the @N account takeover over on Twitter is another example of humans being the one link in the security chain that brought everything down.
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20 Mar 2014   #6

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And the reason is usually financial gain & greed.
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20 Mar 2014   #7

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And I'm sure we should not rule out understaffed utilities, the extra long lunch break, and the old "Pretending to be from IT" trick.
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