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Publicity can Bring Malware Activity Down

Shadowserver Foundation, a volunteer group, recently came out with a white paper which threw light on one part of activity on the hub of the major crimeware called Russian Business Network (RBN), as per the news reported by Dark Reading on January 11, 2008. The white paper stated that by publicizing the spam, users can easily fight against the criminal malware.

The RBN is a leading crimeware center that, when got worldwide publicity, suddenly disappeared from the web world in the month of November. The white paper issued by Shadowserver was all about the malware which is associated with the group of interconnected IP network AS40989 on the RBN. Around 3,000 malware sample pieces were gathered by Shadowserver which included Goldun, Hupigon, Gozi, Nuklus, Nurech, Sinowal, Pinch, Xorpix, Tibs, along with downloaders, dialers, adware, worms, proxies and page hijackers. All the malware pieces gathered communicated with AS40989 network with the help of HTTP connections.

As per the Security experts, the RBN that suddenly vanished from the Internet world functions as a hosting service and Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the websites that deal in illegal activities, spam, and identity thefts, which can be considered as a tightening move. The RBN denied the wrongdoing and said that it is misunderstood in an interview to Wired last fall.

Though the RBN has shown its innocence in relation to showing its malicious nature in hosting software onto its infrastructure and also building malware so that it can communicate with the RBN infrastructure, it is apparent that their business framework was almost structured on spreading software to spam and stealing personal information.

Before disappearing from the scenes of web world, the RBN had been convicted for hosting various malware activities which includes spam, Trojans, and various hacking activities under the guise of a seemingly legitimate business that is based in Russia. Many articles were published in The Washington Post in the month of October regarding publicizing spam which said that though public took longer time in reacting against the RBN network, in the later part of August, researchers outraged against the RBN in full force, and the tactic proved extremely beneficial.

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