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Submission + - Assange detention sparks total cyberwar (securecomputing.net.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous, the group leading the denial-of-service attacks on those who arrayed themselves against detained Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has itself come under fire from US "patriots", said Panda Labs. Assange's detention in London on Swedish allegations of sexual molestation unleashed total cyberwar between factions opposed to and supporting his publication of confidential and classified diplomatic despatches. Almost every organisation that lined up against Assange, Wikileaks and its supporters has fallen under heavy, coordinated distributed denial-of-service attacks as have those who launched them. From web hosts to US senators, no one is safe from the botnet armies.

Submission + - New Rootkit Now Using Stuxnet Bug (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: The TDL4 rootkit, which reared its head last month as the latest evolution of the venerable TDSS malware family, is now using one of the Windows bugs that was first seen in use by Stuxnet.

The latest modification to TDL4 enables the rootkit to use the unpatched Windows Task Scheduler vulnerability on Windows 7 machines to escalate its privileges once it is resident on an infected PC, according to an analysis of the malware by Kaspersky Lab analyst Sergey Golovanov. TDL4 has been active for some time now, but recent samples of the malware have turned up with an exploit for the Task Scheduler bug.

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