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Million victims worldwide of an International click-fraud bot strike

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A botnet which has infected systems around the world counts almost one million victim PCs within its network, researchers say.

Bitdefender says that victims are mainly from India, Malaysia, Greece, the US, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil and Algeria.

Botnets are networks of PCs which have been infected with malicious software designed to take control of the system without the owner’s knowledge. This can lead to ‘slave’ PCs being forced to send spam or launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against web domains, but controllers may also redirect slave PC users to malicious domains.

Another feature of botnets is altering PCs to change where traffic goes in the quest for ad clicks. If the operator tampers with internet configuration settings, they can forward searches to third-parties which manipulate search engine results to push users towards pages injected with ads that generate money for the cybercriminals.

One botnet which has been in operation since 2014 has managed to spread across country borders and is now potentially earning vast amounts of fraudulent revenue for the group, having infected at least 900,000 PCs worldwide.

In a blog post, researchers from Bitdefender said the botnet is based on the Redirector.Paco Trojan, which often finds its way onto systems as bundled software with installers for popular applications such as WinRAR or the YouTube Downloader.

The malware is added to legitimate installers through specialized tools.

If an unwitting victim uses the installer, they are infected and their PC now belongs to the network.

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Henry Sapiecha

Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar in this great video presentation

On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate.

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Henry Sapiecha

This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch on video

Published on Feb 1, 2016

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate

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Henry Sapiecha