“Botnet” gang turf wars wage on

It’s like something out of The Sopranos. Antivirus researchers at Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have identified criminal gangs engaged in a turf battle online. The primary groups are responsible for the Warezov and Zhelatin worms; these worms then download Trojans that are in turn responsible for a majority of the spam and malware circulating on the Web. Basically, new spam and new phishing attacks are designed to switch your remotely controlled PC from belonging to the Warezov gang or the Zhelatin gang. The resulting botnets–collections of remotely controlled PCs–have proved profitable, luring unsuspecting Internet users to purchase porn or other services attributed to organized crime activity.

Read this item from C|Net. Previously from WNM: Gang-Tube, MyGang and “Web bangin’,” the online gang presence.

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