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Storm Botnet Turned Toward Phishing Attacks
Written by Daniel   
Saturday, 12 January 2008 12:19
Major banks targeted in intensive phishing effort driven by infamous botnet

JANUARY 9, 2008 | 5:40 PM
By Tim Wilson
Site Editor, Dark Reading

First it was spam, then it was denial of service. Now the operators of Storm have found a new use for the botnet: phishing.
Phishers masquerading as Barclays Bank and the Halifax unit of the National Bank of Scotland are now pumping out bogus messages to unwary users, according to separate alerts issued by Fortinet and Trend Micro last night.
Many of the phishing messages were distributed from hosts known to be part of the Storm botnet. "We can only suspect that perhaps a portion of the Storm botnet is being rented out to phishers," Trend Micro said. It is the first time that researchers have traced a major phishing campaign back to Storm... Comments in the Forums

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