Tag Archive | "botnets"


02 April 2009 | 7,848 views

Conficker Day – April 1st – Uneventful

So the big Conficker scare of April 1st has passed without any real events, no major sites taken down, no major online terror campaigns spawned. Just a new more sophisticated, harder to stop version of Conficker updating from a longer list of domains. It seems like this malware might be here to stay and infecting [...]

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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 | 3,502 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 | 3,707 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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23 June 2008 | 6,693 views

Botmaster Robert Matthew Bentley AKA LSDigital Sentenced

Another one bites the dust with another reasonably hefty sentence, this time a botherder or botnet master. Just under 4 years and a big chunk of change as a fine, I guess he probably has plenty of cash stashed somewhere though. These guys can really rake it in with their mass infectors of doom. A [...]

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03 March 2008 | 6,487 views

New Sophisticated Botnets Discovered

It seems like botnets are getting more sophisticated – we thought the Storm Worm was pretty hot, but some of these new contenders are showing the guys on the dark side has some advanced understanding of technology and the architecture many companies use…this enables them to get deeper inside and remain undetected Researchers have unearthed [...]

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28 February 2008 | 10,695 views

Teenage Bot Herder Admits to Infecting Military Computers

Hacking for money again? Well not really in this case, more like script kiddying for money – modifying an ‘off the shelf’ malware/bot package to evade detection and then cashing in on spamware affiliate fees. I guess they could have made much with a 400,000 bot network – by renting it out for DDoS attacks [...]

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19 November 2007 | 14,879 views

The World’s Biggest Botnets – Peer to Peer

So what’s coming next, after Storm you might ask. You might remember Storm Worm Descending on Blogspot recently and other news about Botnets spiraling out of control accounting for almost 25% of online computers. Well apparently next will be p2p or peer to peer Botnets which could literally blow Storm away. You know about the [...]

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