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The FBI Is Arresting People Who Rent DDoS Botnets

This week the FBI arrested a 26-year-old southern California man for launching a DDoS attack against online chat service Chatango at the end of 2014 and in early 2015 -- part of a new crackdown on the customers of "DDoS-for-hire" services. An anonymo...
by Remote Network on Dec 18, 2016

Massive Mirai Botnet Hides Its Control Servers On Tor

"Following a failed takedown attempt, changes made to the Mirai malware variant responsible for building one of today's biggest botnets of IoT devices will make it incredibly harder for authorities and security firms to shut it down," reports Bleepin...
by Remote Network on Dec 17, 2016

US Think Tank Wants To Regulate The Design of IoT Devices For Security Purposes

New submitter mikehusky quotes a report from The Register: Washington D.C. think tank the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology is calling for regulation on "negligence" in the design of internet-of-things (IoT) devices. If the world wants...
by Remote Network on Dec 10, 2016

A 'Turkish Hacker' Is Giving Out Prizes For DDoS Attacks

Security firm Forcepoint has discovered a DDoS competition which requires participants install a DDoS software which contains a backdoor. An anonymous reader quotes CSO: A hacker in Turkey has been trying to encourage distributed denial-of-attacks b...
by Remote Network on Dec 10, 2016

International Authorities Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet, Sinkhole Over 800,000 Domains

plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named "Avalanche," estimated to have involved as many as 500,000 infected computers wor...
by Remote Network on Dec 1, 2016

A Massive Botnet of CCTV Cameras Involved In Ferocious DDoS Attacks

An anonymous reader writes: "A botnet of over 25,000 bots is at the heart of recent DDoS attacks that are ferociously attacking businesses across the world with massive Layer 7 DDoS attacks that are overwhelming Web servers, occupying their resources...
by Remote Network on Jun 27, 2016

3 Million Strong Botnet Grows Right Under Twitter's Nose

An anonymous reader writes: Somebody created a botnet of three million Twitter accounts in one single day, and Twitter staff didn't even flinch -- even if the huge 35.4 registrations/second should have caught the eye of any IT staffer. Another weird...
by Futuristic Car Design on Jun 21, 2016

Ransomware Adds DDoS Attacks To Annoy More People

An anonymous reader writes: Ransomware developers have found another method of monetizing their operations by adding a DDoS component to their malicious payloads. So instead of just encrypting your files and locking your screen, new ransomware versio...
by Remote Network on May 22, 2016

This Unusual Botnet Targets Scientists, Engineers, and Academics

schwit1 quotes a report from ZDNet: A botnet and cyberattack campaign is infecting victims across the globe and appears to be tracking the actions of specially selected targets in sectors ranging from government to engineering. Researchers from Force...
by Remote Network on May 10, 2016

Security Firm Discovers Secret Plan To Hack Numerous Websites and Forums

An anonymous reader writes: According to Softpedia, "Security researchers from SurfWatch Labs have shut down a secret plan to hack and infect hundreds or possibly thousands of forums and websites hosted on the infrastructure of Invision Power Service...
by Remote Network on Apr 19, 2016

BAE Systems Warns About Shape-Shifting Strain of Qbot Malware

Warwick Ashford, reporting for ComputerWeekly: Qbot malware will become a potent threat, facilitated by exploit kits for initial infection and automated to gain maximum victim count, warns BAE Systems. The incident response team at BAE Systems is war...
by Remote Network on Apr 12, 2016

Online Museum Displays Decades of Malware

An anonymous reader writes: archive.org has launched a Museum of Malware, which devotes itself to a historical look at DOS-based viruses of the 1980s and 1990s, and gives viewers the opportunity to run the viruses in a DOS game emulator, and to downl...
by Remote Network on Feb 6, 2016

Microsoft, Law Enforcement Disrupt Dorkbot Botnet

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft said in a blog post Thursday that it aided law enforcement agencies in several regions to disrupt a 4-year-old botnet called Dorkbot. The botnet aims to steal login credentials from services such as Gmail, Facebo...
by Futuristic Car Design on Dec 4, 2015

MySQL Servers Hijacked With Malware To Perform DDoS Attacks

An anonymous reader writes with news of a malware campaign using hijacked MySQL servers to launch DDoS attacks. Symantec reports: "Attackers are compromising MySQL servers with the Chikdos malware to force them to conduct DDoS attacks against other t...
by Futuristic Car Design on Oct 28, 2015

Despite Takedown, the Dridex Botnet Is Running Again

itwbennett writes: Brad Duncan, a security researcher with Rackspace, on Friday wrote on the Internet Storm Center blog that 'the Dridex botnet administrator was arrested on 2015-08-28, and Palo Alto Networks reported Dridex was back by 2015-10-01. T...
by Remote Network on Oct 26, 2015

Compromised CCTV and NAS Devices Found Participating In DDoS Attacks

chicksdaddy writes: The parade of horribles continues on the Internet of Things, with a report from the security firm Incapsula that its researchers discovered compromised closed circuit cameras as well as home network attached storage (NAS) devices...
by Futuristic Car Design on Oct 23, 2015

Cleaning Up Botnets Takes Years, May Never Be Completed

Once a botnet has taken root in a large pool of computers, truly expunging it from them may be a forlorn hope. That, writes itwbennett, is: the finding of researchers in the Netherlands who analyzed the efforts of the Conficker Working Group to stop...
by Futuristic Car Design on Aug 4, 2015

Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?

An anonymous reader writes: We've been in a malware arms race since the 1990s. Malicious hackers keep building new viruses, worms, and trojan horses, while security vendors keep building better detection and removal algorithms to stop them. Botnets a...
by Remote Network on Mar 31, 2015

Obama Administration Wants More Legal Power To Disrupt Botnets

Trailrunner7 writes: The Obama administration has proposed an amendment to existing United Stated federal law that would give it a more powerful tool to go after botnets such as GameOver Zeus, Asprox and others. In recent years, Justice, along with p...
by Remote Network on Mar 13, 2015

Europol Seizes Cybercrime Group’s Servers - Gang Behind Ramnit Botnet Targeted in Raids

European police have forced a cyber-crime group to do a hard reboot following the seizure of equipment and infrastructure. The group was instrumental in infecting more than 3.2 million computers via the the Ramnit botnet and has stolen banking inform...
by SiteProNews on Feb 26, 2015


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