Some more information on the Hexzone botnet has come my way, mostly from FireEye’s Atif Mushtaq and Paul Ferguson’s hairdresser (don’t ask!). Atif also mentions the association with ransomware: the malware is installed as a Browser Helper Object (BHO) on the victim’s machine, and hijacks browsing sessions, taking the victim to a page hosting pornography.
Update: a quick tip of the hat to Steven, who sent us a URL for a somewhat related blog about problematic premium text services. Speaking of the 2008 report, here’s another extract, this time about fake antimalware. "We expect to see increasing volume and sophistication in criminal attempts to extort money from end users in