McAfee, Inc. first quarter threat report revealed that cybercriminals have taken control of almost 12 million new IP addresses since January, a 50 percent increase since 2008. The US is now home to the largest percentage of botnet-infected computers, hosting 18 percent of all zombie machines. Cybercriminals are building an army of infected, "zombie" computers to recover from last November's takedown of a central spam-hosting ISP, according to the new report from Avert Labs.
Another attack on the micro-blogging platform Twitter, last week, a hacker obtained access to a Twitter administrative account and subsequently leaked private information from ten profiles, including some belonging to the most popular celebrities.
Trend Micro Incorporated, a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software and services, announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Third Brigade business, a privately-held security and compliance software company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Trend Micro is buying the business to accelerate its dynamic datacenter security strategy, and to provide customers with access to critical security and compliance software and vulnerability response services. These all contribute to protecting physical, virtual and cloud servers, and corporate endpoints, from sophisticated malware and malicious activity. The acquisition is subject to certain approvals, and is expected to close in the 2nd quarter of 2009. Financial terms are not disclosed.
VMware Inc., the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, and EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions announced an expansion of their strategic alliance, capitalizing on the work being done between VMware and EMC's RSA security division to enable advanced information-centric security functions within VMware vSphere 4, the industry's first operating system for building the internal cloud.
Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces that its products successfully detect all versions of Net-Worm.JS.Twettir that recently spread on the Twitter social networking site. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and receive short text messages. The malicious program Net-Worm.JS.Twettir began spreading on Twitter on Saturday, 11 April.
Security people warn that millions could be affected by the Conficker worm today - unfortunately, this is not in an April Fool's Day joke. Over nine million PCs are already infected and a new variant of the virus could threaten those who didn't patch their PCs with the latest security updates.