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Symantec estimates that 1/3 of all SPAM was stopped when Microsoft (with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals and a court order) took steps to shut down the Rustock botnet. Other botnets (Bagle, Festi, Cutwail, Lethic, Grum, Xarvester and others) are stepping into the void left by Rustock. Whether Rustock will remain 'dead', is unclear as the Rustock programmers and Rustock ringleaders are still unidentified and still at large. Continue reading

SSH (Secure SHell) is a common tool for setting up a “VPN tunnel” using port forwarding, or secure remote access to the command line; thus it is not uncommon for servers providing SSH connections to be directly accessible from the Internet.

Hackers are constantly testing defenses looking for configurations that missed something important and therefore allow access. SSH daemon configurations that improperly turned off keyboard-interactive logons but forgot to enable the “ChallengeResponseAuthentication no” are being attacked.

From SANS:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Distributed SSH Brute Force Attacks.

Will the Internet crash in 2012?

Matt Ford posted a story yesterday to CNN about the Internet running out of IP addresses and that there will be no new IP addresses for anyone to use after 2012, or as soon as September 2011.  This story is reported as if it is ‘new’ news, but this is an old story, as Matt probably well knows.  Many have sounded this warning before, but is it for real this time?
The Big Internet Crunch -or- We’re out of IP addresses, again

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