Super Bot

This sure looks like a nasty piece of work.

Massive botnet ‘indestructible,’ say researchers

A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is “practically indestructible,” security researchers say.

“TDL-4,” the name for both the bot Trojan that infects machines and the ensuing collection of compromised computers, is “the most sophisticated threat today,” said Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov in a detailed analysis Monday.

“[TDL-4] is practically indestructible,” Golovanov said.

. . .

TDL-4 infects the MBR, or master boot record, of the PC with a rootkit — malware that hides by subverting the operating system. The master boot record is the first sector — sector 0 — of the hard drive, where code is stored to bootstrap the operating system after the computer’s BIOS does its start-up checks.

Because TDL-4 installs its rootkit on the MBR, it is invisible to both the operating system and more, importantly, security software designed to sniff out malicious code.

But that’s not TDL-4′s secret weapon.

What makes the botnet indestructible is the combination of its advanced encryption and the use of a public peer-to-peer (P2P) network for the instructions issued to the malware by command-and-control (C&C) servers.

See also:
TDL4 – Top Bot
Sophisticated TDL-4 Botnet Has 4.5 Million Infected Zombies
‘Indestructible’ rootkit enslaves 4.5m PCs in 3 months
TDL-4 creates 4.5 million PC ‘indestructible’ botnet
Security Researchers Discover the Mother of All Botnets
TDL-4: The ‘indestructible’ botnet?
There’s a Botnet Called TDL-4 That’s Virtually Indestructable
‘Indestructible’ Botnet Enslaves 4.5 Million PCs
‘Indestructible’ Zombie PC Botnet Borrows Exploit From Israeli, U.S. Cyberweapon
Have cybercriminals created the perfect botnet — undetectable and indestructible?

If you ever needed a reason and reminder to keep your operating system, anti-virus, and anti-spywware software patched and up to date, this would be a good one.

/remember, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re potentially part of the problem

Let Them Eat Plutonium

North Korea seemingly has plenty of money to pursue a nuclear weapons program and develop long range missile technology, but apparently no money for food.

North Korea could be on verge of famine, smuggled video shows

Footage shot inside North Korea has revealed that the country could be on the verge of a famine, showing filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for scraps and soldiers stealing food from rice sellers.

The video was shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist who smuggled the footage out to China and could face the death penalty. It was obtained by Australian Broadcasting Corp this week.

See also:
Famine threatens to return to North Korea
North Korea’s Hunger, on Film
Video shows North Korea starvation has spread to the military
Rare video footage smuggled out of North Korea
N. Korea Hides Evidence of Famine
North Korea: Video reveals extreme poverty of “Dear Leader’s” country
Video reveals North Korean famine

Could this famine be the catalyst that finally causes the collapse of the North Korean regime? It’s impossible to predict. However, although the collapse of North Korea would be a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions in the short run, in the long run it would turn out to be a blessing for the Korean people and bring stability to the region that’s been lacking for over half a century.

/and in other, WTF, Bizarro World news North Korea to Chair UN Disarmament Conference

Great Prophet 6

Every day Obama plays another round of golf we get weaker and every day Iran is allowed to continue to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology they get stronger.

Iran test fires 14 missiles capable of reaching Israeli, US targets

Iran fired 14 missiles and unveiled underground ballistic missile silos today, kicking off a series of war games over the next 10 days. Some of the missiles, launched today, have a range of more than 1,200 miles – enough to reach Israel and American installations in the region, Iranian PressTV reports.

Longer-range missiles are not likely to be built because all of Iran’s desired targets are already in reach with its current missiles, said Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division.

“We possess the technology to build missiles with longer ranges but we do not need missiles with a range of more than 2,000 kilometers and we do not intend to produce them,” Mr. Hajizadeh said from the sidelines of the drills, which are known as Great Prophet 6. “Iran’s missiles have a range of up to 2,000 kilometers and have been designed for US and the Zionist regime [Israel]‘s bases in the region.”

See also:
Israel within range of Iran’s missiles: general
Iran to Conduct Missile Drills Today
Iran test-fires missiles, shows secret silos
Iran testfires 14 missiles “successfully” in drills
Iran unveils missile silos as military exercises open
In ‘Great Prophet VI’ Maneuvers, Iran Fires 14 Ballistic Missiles; IRGC Dep. Cmdr: Iran Won’t Initiate Attack – But Response Will Be ‘Purely Aggressive’
Iran launches missiles carrying message of “peace and friendship”
Guard chief: Iran can build longer-range missiles
Photos: Iran Test Fires 14 Missiles
IRGC Drills Display Iran’s Major Progress in Missile Technology

Ten years ago we could have crushed the Iranian threat without too much trouble. Now, I’m not so sure. We may have passed a tipping point where it’s now impossible to stop Iran’s nuclear program or the cost of stopping it is prohibitive and unacceptable. It’s bad enough that Iran has been allowed to pursue their atomic weapons program pretty much unimpeded, but now it appears that they have the missile technology to reliably deliver nuclear warheads anywhere in the region. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

/I wouldn’t be surprised if, sometime in the not so distant future, we witness an Iranian detonation test of an atomic device

Behold Muslims Doing What They Do Best

Another day, more Muslims rampaging and killing innocent people in the name of Islam.

Bombing of Nigerian Beer Garden Kills 25

Suspected Islamic militants threw a bomb into a beer garden in northeastern Nigeria Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding at least 12 others.

Police and witnesses say the attackers drove up to the open-air pub in Maiduguri on motorcycles and tossed a bomb into the crowd of drinkers. Some witnesses say the attackers also fired gunshots into the crowd.

Authorities are blaming Boko Haram, an Islamic fundamentalist group whose name in the Hausa language means “western education is sinful.”

Not to be outdone by the Nigerian Muslims . . .

Muslim Mobs in Egypt Attack Christian Homes, Threaten Priest

Enraged Muslims burned down several Christian-owned homes, surrounded a church and threatened to kill a priest last week in two unrelated incidents in Upper Egypt.

On Saturday (June 25) in Awlad Khalaf village, just outside Sohag, 240 miles (386 kilometers) south of Cairo, local Muslims attacked Coptic Christian Wahib Halim Atteyah, robbed him of 32,000 Saudi Riyals (US$8,530), and bulldozed his home along with the other structures on his property, according to local media. The group then raided six other Coptic-owned homes and burned them to the ground . . .

See also:
Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists ‘bomb Maiduguri drinkers’
Beer garden bomb attack kills 25 in Nigeria
Deadly blast kills 25 in Nigeria
25 killed in Nigerian attacks
Nigerian Islamists open fire on beer garden, kill four
Mob torches Christian homes in Egypt
Report: Egyptian Muslims Torch 8 Christian Homes on Rumor of Church Construction
Christians, Muslims clash over new church in Egypt
Egyptian Muslims torch 8 Christian homes on rumors of church construction
Egypt Christians and Muslims in Violent Clashes Over Church Construction

And this is only a tiny sliver of the worldwide mayhem perpetrated by Muslims, on a daily basis, in the name of Islam. Pick up any paper tomorrow and, like clockwork, there’ll be more.

/just remember, Islam is the Religion of Peace and Tolerance, you know, except for the peace and the tolerance

Weekly Watch List

LULU (6/25/11, 0.00%)
FOSL (3/12/11, +37.38%)
NFLX (7/30/10, +150.57%)
HS (3/5/11, +20.46%)
AGP (3/5/11, +9.61%)
INFA (10/16/10, +53.21%)
PRGO (4/2/11,+7.46%)
ILMN (5/7/11, +2.56%)
HUM (6/11/11, +2.80%)
ARUN (6/25/11, 0.00%)
CVLT (6/4/11, +2.33%)

Additions:
ARUN (6/25/11, 0.00%)
LULU (6/25/11, 0.00%)

Subtractions:
DSW
EW
MDCO

Last week, the major indexes ended mixed again. The Nasdaq gained 1.4%, the S&P 500 slumped 0.2%, the NYSE slid 0.3, and the Dow lost 0.6%. The IBD outlook remains at “market in correction”. The indexes, so far, have been finding support near their 200 day moving averages. If they can’t hold these levels, things could get really ugly. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much good news on the horizon that could provide a near term upside catalyst. Hopefully, these low equity prices just might tempt bargain hunting value investors to step in, catch the falling knife, and put in some manner of market bottom. We’ll see.

With the market in correction, none of the watch list stocks can be considered as buy candidates.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

World’s Ugliest Dog I Am

And the 2011 winner is . . . Yoda!

Yoda is world’s ugliest dog

Yoda’s short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs were enough to earn it the World’s Ugliest Dog title at a Northern California fair.

The 14-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix won the honour at the annual contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair.

Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford, California, says the 2lb (900-gram) dog has come a long way since she was found abandoned behind an apartment building. Ms Schumacher says she first thought the pooch was a rat.

See also:
She’s a bit ruff! Chinese-crested Chihuahua mix wins the World’s Ugliest Dog title
1.8 Pound Mutt Claims the 2011 World’s Ugliest Dog (R) Title at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma Tonight
Chinese crested from Hanford wins 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest
Meet Yoda, the world’s ugliest dog
The World’s Ugliest Dog is announced.. as Yoda
14-yr-old chihuahua named Yoda wins ‘world’s ugliest dog’ title
Yoda crowned the world’s ugliest dog
World’s Ugliest Dog Crowned, Might Be So Ugly It’s Cute
Ugliest Dog Contest: Chinese Crested Chihuahua Mix Takes Top Prize
Pictures: 2011 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest
Yoda crowned world’s ugliest dog
World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

Congratulations to Yoda, but she may as well be Miss Universe compared to previous World’s Ugliest Dog winners like 2007′s Elwood . . .

. . . or three time champion Sam.

Hoo boy, them there dogs been beaten silly with the ugly stick!

/I’ll stick to cats

Get With The Program

Cut, cap, balance. Get used to hearing those three words, because they’re going to be the “drill baby drill” mantra of the 2012 election cycle. It’s a winning issue and our country’s fiscal survival depends on it.

Cut, cap and balance

This week a group of serious, committed advocacy organizations banded together to send a clear message to Washington and urged members of Congress to sign their pledge, titled “Cut, Cap and Balance.”

. . .

So what are the right things to do, according to the pledge?

Cut — Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.

Cap — Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.

Balance — Passage of a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a supermajority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

Take the pledge:

Cut Cap Balance Pledge

See also:
The Fiscal Pledge We Need: Cut, Cap, Balance
Conservative Lawmakers Sign Pledge Demanding Cuts, Caps & Balanced Budget Amendment in Debt Limit Deal
Coalition Calls for ‘Cut, Cap, And Balance’ on Capitol Hill
Conservative groups, lawmakers officially roll out Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge
Lawmakers sign pledge to balance the budget
Cut, cap, balance to save economy
CBO Warning Bolsters ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’
Cut, Cap and Balance–As in the Budget–Full-Speed Ahead
Cut, Cap, Balance: How to Address the Debt Ceiling Issue
Behind the GOP’s ‘Cut, Cap, Balance’ Pledge
Can Conservatives’ ‘Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge’ Cure Spending Problem?

Go to the pledge website, work your e-mail, work your phone. Do whatever you can to get your Congressional representatives to sign on to the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge. Just do it, do it now.

/and if they won’t sign on, make sure you do your part to vote them out of office

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