[Dshield] Trojans as Spam Robots

Hanke Penning hanke.penning at iap.de
Tue Feb 24 14:12:23 GMT 2004


Dear list,


This is a repost du to problems with the list, thought it is very 
interesting:

"c't has gathered evidence that virus writers are selling the addresses 
of computers infected with trojans to spammers. The spammers use the 
infected systems to illegally distribute commercial e-mail messages -- 
without the knowledge of their owners. Furthermore, the network of 
trojans forms a powerful tool which the distributors of the viruses can 
use to, for example, launch distributed DoS attacks.

With the help of c't, a student of computer science has tracked down the 
authors of a computer virus. The editorial staff were able to establish 
contact with the virus distributors and buy IP addresses of infected 
machines. Because one of the virus distributors has been located in Great 
Britain, c't has passed on all information to Scotland Yard. By now, 
individuals in several countries have been arrested."

The whole article at groklaw.net:
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20040221051056136

The article from c't (in german):
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/44869


-- 
Yours sincerely

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