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Fame is not enough

by Nikola Strahija on October 2nd, 2004 Virus makers are becoming more and more aggressive - now they are not only looking for their five minutes of fame, but also trying to make some money out of it as well.

The production of malicious software has increased six times in comparison with last year, and most concerning are news of increased prevalence of malicious code designed to create 'zombie' networks, also called botnets, which can be auctioned off to the highest bidder to execute denial of service attacks or to use as spam relays.

TrendLabs, an antivirus company, has seen successive releases of information-stealing trojans which try to obtain personal information, such as bank details, from infected users.

'Trojans' now account for 61 per cent of all malicious software detected and 79 per cent of worms in September were 'bots'. This is also a significant jump from last year.

Trend also records the emergence of the first JPEG virus in September, and notes that the most damaging variant of the Sasser worm (Sasser-B) is still active four months after its first appearance.

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