tweet-botA coder / hacker that specializes in building Twitter-controlled bots figured he could make a few extra bucks by selling his hacking skills to wannabe hackers. He created a tool that builds botnets, which is basically an automated program that lets a hacker control someone else’s computer and  execute commands using Twitter. The most alarming part is how easy it makes it for anyone to create and launch a botnet, and even control a person’s computer without them ever knowing it’s happening.

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virus-mp3-bacteria-unicef-p2p-networks-peer-to-peer-mpeg-mpgAs if your mailbox wasn’t already full of enough spam, now MP3 spam is making a come back. The trend first started popping up in 2007 when spammers started using MP3 files as attachments on emails.

According to Symantec, new forms of MP3 spam have now been spotted in the wild. These emails contain no message, and no subject body, they just have an MP3 attachment with a heavily distorted 5 second message recorded in a female voice that promotes a meds domain. Some of the random .mp3 file names that have been associated with this series of spam include milsoppy.mp3, enwomb.mp3 and realiser.mp3.

Trend Micro, another major antivirus firm has reported other MP3 spam that is pushing Viagra and other sexual enhancement pills. The MP3′s message encourages users to visit a web page that points to Canadian pharmacy sites.

Symantec’s Samir Patil blogged that, “Old trends never die, they just resurface from time to time. Case in point, spammed messages that have .MP3 file attachments, which were last seen two years ago, made their presence felt once again today.”

(Via Security Watch)

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