Slashdot | Storm Worm Botnet Partitions May Be Up For Sale

Link: Slashdot | Storm Worm Botnet Partitions May Be Up For Sale.

Holy BOTNET Batman!

Having JUST posted a message about the NVD from US-CERT, I’m trying
to get back to work and read this feed from Slashdot. It seems that Joe
Stewart, an information security research specialist with SecureWorks
has seen evidence that the massive Storm Worm botnet is being broken up
and the resulting compute cycles are up for sale to the highest bidder.

Not just for pimple faced teens anymore, this represents one of the
first trends of mercenary computing I’ve seen. The Storm Worm network
has been described as the worlds most powerful supercomputer in this
ZDNet article: (Storm Worm botnet could be world’s most powerful supercomputer).
So what does this mean? It means that this isn’t about hacking anymore,
cyber-terrorism is a real threat to government and commercial
enterprise.

National Vulnerability Database

I’ve been following this for sometime… This is an important resource of information for keeping up on information relating the vulnerabilities of a variety of technological systems.

We have a pre-disposition to believe that Windows is the only real attack vector in our information infrastructure, but the reality is that, though it is a huge target, other systems sport vulnerabilities waiting to be exploited.

To that end you’ll see on the right hand side of the page, a new list of the recently found exploits as published by the DHS and NIST on systems vulnerabilities.

This is a difficult position, because I hate fear mongering, and hate being the one to shout "the sky is falling!" But if you saw the piece from Wired Science on PBS October 3rd, you’ll see there is some merit to being concerned. "Forewarned is forearmed" as the saying goes.