Tag Archive | "botnet"


18 March 2009 | 5,487 views

New Conficker Variant More Aggressive

Conficker has gotten quite a lot of news recently with it growing so fast and Microsoft offering a bounty for the authors. It seems like the Conficker authors are really serious about retaining control of their botnet and expanding it further without hindrance from the companies trying to stop them. It’s quite likely they are […]

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16 March 2009 | 5,384 views

BBC Unleashes Botnet For ‘Investigation’

The BBC has made an odd move recently by buying/seeding a botnet of 22,000 computers under the guise of investigative journalism. They claim it’s not illegal as they caused no harm and only sent spam to e-mail accounts used by themselves. Technically I think it’s still breaking the law under the Computer Misuse Act but […]

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11 March 2009 | 3,504 views

Malware Distributor & Bot Network Master Sentenced To 4 Years

It seems to the feds are really cracking down on cybercrime recently, with a special kind of attention paid to botnets and their handlers. The sentences are getting stiffer too, this time with 4 years in prison for running a botnet and data theft. I hope they keep it up, botnets are the scourge of […]

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15 January 2009 | 12,043 views

Next-Gen Botnets Taking The Place of Storm and Srizbi

Back in November there was a considerable drop in Spam when Spam friendly ISP McColo was cut off from the Internet by it’s upstream peer. Srizbi worm was pretty smart though and was picking up again by the end of November. Later in the year the botnets were somewhat neutralised leading to a huge drop […]

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26 November 2008 | 3,576 views

Spam Back on the Rise with Srizbi Resurrected

After McColo was partially disconnected from the Internet by it’s peers global spam dropped noticeably. It seems however that the spam was emanating from a zombie network and the control servers were hosted by McColo, the creators of the botnet (Srizbi) were smart about it though and built a fail-safe system into the the malware. […]

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03 September 2008 | 3,708 views

Productive Botnets

We all know what botnets are (think so), but anyway let’s see a proper definition of botnets taken from shadowserver… and I quote: A botnet is a collection of computers, connected to the internet, that interact to accomplish some distributed task. Although such a collection of computers can be used for useful and constructive applications, […]

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12 June 2008 | 9,695 views

New Zlob Trojan Alters Your Router Settings

Another new development in the malware arena, this new version of Zlob will actually log onto your router and change the DNS settings to hijack your traffic. Pretty interesting approach and it will work because 99% of people won’t change the default password on their routers. Let’s face it, have you changed it? A new […]

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15 May 2008 | 8,943 views

New Botnet Malware Spreading SQL Injection Attack Tool

Now this is an interesting turn of events, the Asprox botnet malware is being used to spread SQL Injection tools rather than sending out phishing e-mails as before. It seems to install quite stealthily as well disguising itself as a Windows Service with a fairly convincing file name. It’s certainly interesting to see the evolution […]

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13 November 2007 | 5,330 views

‘Security Consultant’ Caught for Running Large Bot Network

Apparently he stopped his naughty activities back in 2006, but still…a guy that is supposed to securing machines was installing malware and had a bot totaling about a quarter of a million zombies. Most used for info gathering, Paypal accounts and installing Malware for comission, he claims to have made $19,000 in a week installing […]

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