Tag Archive | "botnet"


28 May 2014 | 1,831 views

Pirated ‘Watch Dogs’ Game Made A Bitcoin Mining Botnet

Pretty smart idea this one, we wrote about Yahoo! spreading Bitcoin mining malware back in January, but we haven’t really seen any of that type of activity since then. But this, this is a much better target audience – gamers with high powered GPUs! Especially as this is one of most hyped ‘next-gen’ games for [...]

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04 July 2011 | 12,391 views

Security Researchers Discover 4 Million Strong ‘Indestructible’ Botnet – TDSS/TDL

It’s been recently uncovered that there’s a HUGE botnet, which is extremely advanced and constantly evolving a variant of the ever popular (and usually quite advanced) TDL strain. We did write about a TDL variant earlier in 2010 – TDL AKA Alureon Rootkit Now Infecting 64-Bit Windows 7 Platform. TDL itself has been around several [...]

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25 January 2011 | 14,841 views

Digital Underground Offering Cheap Botnets For Hire

Perhaps even the cyber-criminals are effected by the recent recession – botnets for hire are hitting rock-bottom rates starting at just $2. We reported back in April 2010 about the Texas Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Bot Network For Hire. They are becoming more multi-talented as well rather than just offering bot networks for DDoS [...]

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29 April 2010 | 6,768 views

Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Bot Network For Hire

Another botnet herder bites the dust, the latest news in the malware arena is about David Anthony Edwards from Texas who has admitted he and his accomplice had offered tailor made malware and DDoS attacks for rent. 22,000 zombies is a reasonable number of bots for a herder to control on their own, and assuming [...]

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20 April 2010 | 5,476 views

China Reports Millions Of Conficker Infections

Conficker has been giving us all headaches for quite some time now, the latest news it that China hosts up to 28% of the World Conficker infections at its peak. 7 million separate hosts infected with Conficker at the end of 2009, that’s more than the population of some countries! It’s a pretty nasty piece [...]

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28 October 2009 | 6,288 views

Facebook E-mail Spam Conceals Malware Attack

Facebook has had a fair share of problems, being a large community of course it’s going to be a ripe target for spammers, scammers and malware distributors. The latest to hit is a spam e-mail claiming to be from the Facebook team that actually spreads a nasty piece of malware called Bredolab. It’s also been [...]

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17 August 2009 | 13,394 views

Twitter Being Used As Botnet Command Channel

Ah Twitter in the news again, the bad guys sure do keep up with new trends. After being taken offline for a while by a Joejob DDoS attack Twitter is in the news again – this time it’s being used as the command channel for a Botnet. The normal method for controlling Botnets is via [...]

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02 July 2009 | 47,444 views

Hospital Hacker GhostExodus Owns Himself – Arrested

This story actually gave me a lot of LULZ, how stupid can you be seriously? Man this guy made so many mistakes for someone so paranoid (he had a web cam setup outside his appartment door so he could see who was coming).. But then he exposed his IP address on IRC, posted his face [...]

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14 May 2009 | 22,259 views

Trojan in Counterfeit Copies of Windows 7 Builds Botnet

This latest mass infection is through a vector I really don’t understand, see as though you can legitimately download Windows 7 from Microsoft. I guess people just prefer BitTorrent downloads to HTTP downloads, and whoever had this smart idea capitalized on that. Microsoft should perhaps do something about that and put out a legitimate BitTorrent [...]

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05 May 2009 | 5,231 views

Torpig Botnet Hijacking Reveals 70GB Of Stolen Data

We did mention Torpig in passing back in January 2008 when talking about the Mebroot rootkit which digs down deep into the Master Boot Record. It seems like Torpig has been pretty active since then and the latest break is that some security researchers have managed to infiltrate the botnet and collect some data on [...]

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