Who knew that botnets make so little money? No wonder they have to have such huge networks.
Study: Storm botnet brought in daily profits of up to $9,500The investigation of spam and the malware payloads that accompany it is a major focus of companies and organizations, from the federal government down to the small-business part-time IT director. Most of this work, however, is devoted to detecting and filtering spam infected or otherwise, as well as to predicting what delivery vectors the industry might favor in the future. Actual data on the spam industry's economic model is much harder to come by—at least it used to be. Earlier this year, a group of researchers led by University of California-San Diego computer scientist Stefan Savage conducted research on the market fundamentals of the spam industry, from within the industry itself.
In order to conduct their research, Savage's team took partial control of part of the Storm Worm's massive botnet. A certain subset of the botnet's traffic was then rerouted, and delivered interested potential buyers to a web site under white hat control. Savage's websites mimicked those set up by the creators of Storm, but were specifically designed to return error messages if a visitor attempted to transmit any sensitive information or conduct a transaction. The team discovered three separate campaigns through the duration of their tests and analyzed some 469 million e-mails. Full details on the investigation, including a discussion of how the researchers infiltrated Storm and a very specific breakdown of what they found, is available here PDF.[Read More]
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Understanding and becoming Service Oriented Architecture Certified - IBM Certified SOA Solution Designer
People generally agree what is Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). However everyone slightly disagrees with the scope (depth and breath) of how much SOA can play inside an enterprise.
With that said, if you're looking for one of the most comprehensive SOA stories in the market, there is a great class that you can take that really goes into detail about IBM's SOA vision (free for students and business partners). Once you complete the class, you can get certified as an IBM SOA Solution Designer. Below is more details about the class and the certification you can take.
----------------------------------Test 667 - Architectural Design of SOA Solutions (https://www-03.ibm.com/partnerworld/vic/wps/myportal/mypoc?uri=service:deep_link&courseid=1908)
The SOA Test 667 Certification preparation course is designed to aid in the successful completion of the SOA 667 Certification exam. This course provides an overview of the objectives in the exam. You will learn about applying the SOA approach to solution Architecture, the position and benefits of SOA with respect to business and IT strategy, be able to define the role that standards play in an SOA solution, apply the IBM SOA Reference Architecture and leverage the IBM SOA Foundation and apply proper design guidelines for an SOA solution. Along with this you will review the application of the SOA infrastructure, implementation of selected patterns, services enablement for existing assets, user interaction implementation, Business Process Management implementation, security implementation, service management implementation, information management implementation, quality assurance and ensure that governance is properly applied to the SOA realization. This course will provide an overview of the objectives, but is not meant to be solely used for the preparation of the SOA 667 exam.
----------------------------------IBM Certified SOA Solution Designer (http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/45000102.shtml)
This intermediate level certification is intended for solution designers, or consultants and architects with previous experience designing SOA application components and business integration solutions. They are part of project teams responsible for designing SOA solutions.
This certification validates the candidate-s ability to assess and translate client requirements for business process flexibility and agility into a service-focused software solution, using Service Oriented Architecture principles.
Under the direction of the SOA Solution Architect, this SOA Solution Designer:
* Articulates the value of SOA solution in the context of the business strategy * Validates customer business requirements, identifying and documenting current processes and infrastructure related to the business requirements * Assesses the client-s readiness for SOA organizationally and technically * Defines an appropriate roadmap for SOA adoption and governance * Determines services and tasks based on the business process model * Establishes service definitions that satisfy both functional and non-functional requirements * Designs the service integration environment and incorporates IBM SOA Foundation and Reference Architectures * Articulates architectural/design decisions * Applies existing best practices and technology standards for SOA and services design in the solution implementation * Provides guidance and review for SOA implementation, deployment and management
This SOA Solution Designer is generally self-sufficient and is able to perform most of the tasks involved in the role with limited assistance from peers, product documentation and vendor support services.[Read More]