[funsec] Fortune 1000 Companies Hosting Bots in The Perimeter

Fergie fergdawg at netzero.net
Wed Mar 28 19:33:50 CDT 2007


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Good job, Rick & Adam.

We've seen similar data...

Via The Register.

[snip]

When it comes to bot-infested PCs that spew spam, most of us assume the
owners are newbie users too naive or careless to follow basic security
measures. Think again. There's a good chance that the penis enlargement
email that just landed in your inbox is from a network maintained by
Oracle, Hewlett-Packard or some other Fortune 1000 company.

We've been poring over data collected by Support Intelligence, a firm that
uses spam traps and other methods to trace the locations of infected
computers. Over two weeks in mid-February, it assembled evidence that
computers connected to the networks of at least 28 large organizations sent
unsolicited email.

These emails ran the spam gamut, from pump-and-dump scams to come-ons for
Viagra. One appearing to come from Oracle tried to phish recipients' PayPal
credentials. HP was also on the list. Best Buy, the giant electronics
retailer, took the prize, having sent out more than 5,000 spams. To its
credit, Best Buy acknowledged the spam problem after we brought it to the
company's attention.

[snip]

More:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/28/bots_in_perimeter/

- - ferg

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