ZeroAccess Botnet: Is It Preparing Its Next Attack?

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In December 2013, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Europol, the FBI, and other technology companies sought to take down one of the world’s largest botnets named ZeroAccess (also known as max++ or Sirefef). While the collaboration led to the disruption of ZeroAccess, the takedown was not fully successful as several servers hosting botnet’s command & control (C&C) continued to remain active.

Ever since its discovery several years ago and leading up to 2013, over two million computers globally had been infected. This led to search results from Google, Bing, and Yahoo! being hijacked, which redirected infected users to malicious websites and in turn, impacted the advertising revenue stream on these search providers. In fact, it is estimated that the cost of click fraud, as a result of ZeroAccess, was upwards of $2.7 million each month for online advertisers.
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Don’t Be Too Quick to Accept That Friend Request!

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It’s exciting to see a Friend Request at the top of your Facebook page. You’re likely to accept Friend Requests without thinking twice, especially if it’s a friend or a name you recognize. You may even be thinking that there’s no real harm in accepting all Friend Requests that come your way. Having more friends means you’re more popular…right?
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Beware of Social Engineering, a Scam Artist’s Favorite Tool

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Social engineering is sneaky, as it takes advantage of our natural tendency to be helpful. Social engineers can also play upon human emotions, such as fear and sympathy. Here are some tricks social engineers employ to trick you out of sensitive data, and how you can protect yourself.
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