The year ahead will feature new and increasingly sophisticated means to capture and exploit user data, escalating battles over the control of online information and continuous threats to the U.S.
Following the settling of the Nitol botnet lawsuit earlier this month, Microsoft has announced on Friday that it has reached a settlement with Russian software programmer Andrey N.
Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of miniFlame, a small and highly flexible malicious program designed to steal data and control infected systems during targeted cyber espionage operations.
In yet another example of if-it's-too-good-to-be-true-it-probably-isn't, hundreds of thousands of users signing up for a cheap and supposedly legitimate proxy service have ended up downloading malware and being ensnared into a botnet.
Less than a month since Microsoft's revelation that it had disrupted the functioning of the Nitol botnet by effecting a takedown of a domain (3322.org) which was also hosting over 500 different strains of malware, the Assistant General Counsel with the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Richard Boscovich says that Microsoft has dismissed the lawsuit following a settlement it reached with Peng Yong, the operator of the domain.
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