Botnets News, Articles and Updates

Malware behind Satori botnet posted to Pastebin

The code that exploits a flaw in Huawei, a router that enables these devices to be turned into botnets to push Satori and Brickerbot has been publicly posted on Pastebin.

Three critical steps businesses can take today to defend their networks against IoTroop

Unlike Mirai, the IoTroop bot exploits nine core vulnerabilities as it spreads, and already, experts say those responsible for the bot - who remain unknown - have added more than 100 features to it.

Attack of the cyber-bees: self-learning hivenets to replace botnets in 2018

Highly destructive, self-learning 'swarmbots' driven by hivenets will be the threat trend for next year said Fortinet global security strategist, Derek Manky, speaking at the vendors International Media Conference in Nice this week.

Android malware on Google Play grows botnets, launches DDoS attacks

The Sockbot malware has made its way into at least eight Apps in the Google Play Store with the intent of adding devices to botnets and performing DDoS attacks.

The 'Botnet of Things'—a real threat or just hype? You've got 5 mins

Joe Kim challenges expert concerns that connected devices are more vulnerable to attacks by pointing at the early appreciation of the threat and massive investment in cyber-defence.

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

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

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?

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4% of Googlebots are fake and can launch attacks

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

DDoS attacks grow as first DIY kits emerge

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

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

Operation Tovar 'inspiring' cybercrime collaboration

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

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

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

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