Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Virus authors form unholy alliance

A post on vnunet.com suggests an increased degree of collaboration among the malware crew.

"The authors of the Bagle, Zafi and Netsky viruses have joined forces in an unholy alliance that aims to spread cyber-terror, security experts have claimed. The warning comes from virus analysts at Kaspersky Lab investigating the recent Bagle outbreak and suggest that the authors of Bagle, Zafi and Netsky are 'working hand in hand with each other'."

"'In researching the Bagle outbreak, virus analysts have concluded that the authors of Bagle, Zafi and Netsky and others are working closely together. They may not be personally known to each other, but they are all using information provided by the author of Bagle to mass mail their creations.' According to Kaspersky, approximately 50 modifications of a range of malicious programs were mass mailed in the space of just two days. The timing of these mailings 'clearly shows that they are automated or semi-automated'. These recent events confirm the trend towards the criminalisation of the internet. And likely as not, events will continue to evolve in such a way. 'Network attacks are now automated, take place in several stages, and are carefully timed and planned,' Kaspersky warned. 'The authors of malicious code are joining forces, exchanging information and techniques, in order to increase the impact of attacks'."

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