Botnets

69% of email attacks with malicious attachments in Q2 contained Locky

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The first five months of 2016 were dominated by malicious email campaigns, the quick emergence of new ransomware variants, one of the largest botnets in the world went dark, and the Angler exploit kit (EK) went silent

Study claims economic globalisation brings on cyber-risk

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Businesses have learned to embrace economic globalisation and have expanded operations around the world. A new report from BitSight studies how entering new countries can bring on financial, operational and legal risks, including cyber-risks, to an organisation.

Viking Horde: are mobile botnets a thing now?

Viking Horde: are mobile botnets a thing now?

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As mobile devices become ever more powerful, they are increasingly being targeted by botnet operators as the ideal members of their zombie armies.

ICYMI: Lizard DDoS; Botnet growth; Qatari breach; Open source flaws; Ransomware surge

ICYMI: Lizard DDoS; Botnet growth; Qatari breach; Open source flaws; Ransomware surge

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The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at Lizard Squad DDoS, Botnet growth, Qatar bank breached by facists, Hidden Open Source flaws, Ransomware surge.

Critical medical devices are being 'owned' by botnet operators

Critical medical devices are being 'owned' by botnet operators

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Failure to build appropriate security into medical devices, combined with a lax user attitude, is exposing patients to cyber-risk.

Botnet takedowns: are they worth it?

Botnet takedowns: are they worth it?

Botnet takedowns make good headlines and earn kudos for law enforcement and companies like Microsoft but are they worth the time and effort, asks Dan Holden.

Researchers warn of flood of ZeusVM banking Trojans

Researchers warn of flood of ZeusVM banking Trojans

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Security research group MalwareMustDie (MMD) is appealing for help in stopping a predicted flood of new botnets based on the ZeusVM banking Trojan, after a toolkit to exploit the malware was leaked over the internet.

DDoS botnet hijacks thousands of routers

DDoS botnet hijacks thousands of routers

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Tens of thousands of poorly-configured home and business routers have been infected with malware and recruited into a massive botnet.

Global groups dismantle 'Simda' botnet

Global groups dismantle 'Simda' botnet

Less than a week after the 'Beebone' botnet was taken down, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, along with other global companies and agencies, has dismantled the 'Simda' botnet.

Europol leads takedown of Beebone botnet

Europol leads takedown of Beebone botnet

A joint operation by crime agencies and computer security companies has successfully taken down the Beebone botnet.

FBI offers US$ 3m bounty for Gameover Zeus kingpin

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The FBI is offering a US$ 3 million (£1.93 million) reward for information that leads to the arrest of Russian hacker Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, who is accused of being behind the Gameover Zeus botnet.

UK's NCA leads Europol take-down on Ramnit botnet

UK's NCA leads Europol take-down on Ramnit botnet

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The National Crime Agency has led its latest major malware take-down, clubbing together with Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), private sector and CERT-EU to disrupt the widely-spread Ramnit botnet

NotCompatible botnet infects Android mobiles, infiltrates corporate networks

NotCompatible botnet infects Android mobiles, infiltrates corporate networks

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Mobile security firm Lookout has discovered a more sophisticated variant of the NotCompatible Android botnet which it says targets enterprise networks through compromised mobile devices.

New TorrentLocker ransomware trades on fear of CryptoLocker

New TorrentLocker ransomware trades on fear of CryptoLocker

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A new breed of ransomware called TorrentLocker that mimics more feared versions like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall has been discovered targeting users in Australia.

Africa's cybercrime gangs move way beyond 419 scams

Africa's cybercrime gangs move way beyond 419 scams

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African cyber-criminals have expanded far beyond the simple '419' Nigerian scams they are notorious for, and are now using sophisticated botnets, RATs and targeted attack techniques, according to Trend Micro.

Hackers tap flaws in Amazon cloud to host DDoS botnets

Hackers tap flaws in Amazon cloud to host DDoS botnets

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Profitable and easy-to-use vulnerability exploited by cybercriminals says security researcher

4% of  Googlebots are fake and can launch attacks

4% of Googlebots are fake and can launch attacks

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Admins' fear of damaging their SEO gives malicious search engine bots a 'VIP pass' into sites.

DDoS attacks grow as first DIY kits emerge

DDoS attacks grow as first DIY kits emerge

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The latest report from Akamai Technologies has revealed another increase in DDoS attacks and the resurgence of botnets to carry out server-based attacks.

Poor admin passwords allow global botnet attack

Poor admin passwords allow global botnet attack

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BrutPos or @-Brt attacks have infiltrated POS systems with botnets largely thanks to weak admin passwords.

Operation Tovar 'inspiring' cybercrime collaboration

Operation Tovar 'inspiring' cybercrime collaboration

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Operation Tovar saw the US Department of Justice, the FBI, Europol and the UK's NCA work together to takedown the Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker botnets, a fine example of international cyber-crime policing, according to experts.

ICYMI: Praise for Operation Tovar, Vodafone transparency & Open SSL problems

ICYMI: Praise for Operation Tovar, Vodafone transparency & Open SSL problems

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The big news in this week's In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) column is the FBI-led Operation Tovar, which saw the disruption of the Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker botnets.

Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker botnets reach a million PCs

Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker botnets reach a million PCs

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New estimates on the Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker botnets suggest that they have infected as many as one million PCs.

Raising the barrier to entry for hackers

Raising the barrier to entry for hackers

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Make hacking more time consuming, difficult and uneconomic if you want to deter intruders, says Kevin Kennedy of Juniper Networks.

DDoS attacks: Bigger, Badder and Nastier than last year

DDoS attacks: Bigger, Badder and Nastier than last year

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DDoS bots are evolving, developing immunity to cookie and JavaScript challenges along the way.

Russian trojan spotted attacking Middle Eastern banks

Russian trojan spotted attacking Middle Eastern banks

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Security researcher Brian Krebs has spotted a Russian-controlled botnet being used to target banks in the Middle East.

Zeus and Citadel the biggest banking botnets of 2013

Zeus and Citadel the biggest banking botnets of 2013

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A new report from Dell SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit (CTU) research team breaks down the biggest banking botnets from last year, and reveals that 900 financial institutions from around the globe have been targeted.

Third time's a charm for reborn Asprox botnet

Third time's a charm for reborn Asprox botnet

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Shades of Red October says security analyst

Thousands of smartphones infected with 'spy' malware

Thousands of smartphones infected with 'spy' malware

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Tens of thousands of smartphone users have been hit by a new class of botnet that illicitly gathers information.

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