The Necurs botnet has been slowly growing since late 2012 and still tops the list of largest spam botnets in the world. Since then, the botnet has occasionally stopped or temporarily minimized the sending out of spam but has returned in full force. How big is the Necurs botnet? It’s difficult to say precisely, but the latest information provided by the Cisco Talos team can give a general idea. The researchers analyzed 32 distinct spam … More ?
A Linux-based botnet that has been flying under the radar has earned its master at least 158 Monero (currently valued around $63,000). The malware The botnet is based on a crypto-miner written in the Python scripting language, a fact that serves to keep its existence on the down-low. “Unlike a binary malware alternative, a scripting language-based malware is more evasive by nature as it can be easily obfuscated. It is also executed by a legitimate … More ?
The newly released Q3 2017 Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report from Imperva Incapsula features insights on attacks and mitigation. These are some of the key findings: Bitcoin was one of the most targeted industries High packet rate attacks grew more common A third of network layer attacks were highly persistent Botnet activity out of India and Turkey continued to climb.
Member of vDos booter ‘taken advantage of’ by vDos crew Brit teen Jack Chappell has avoided being sent to prison after pleading guilty to helping launch DDoS attacks against NatWest, Amazon and Netflix, among others.…
RiskIQ analyzed 120 mobile app stores and more than 2 billion daily scanned resources. In listing and analyzing the app stores hosting the most malicious mobile apps and the most prolific developers of malicious apps, their Q3 mobile threat landscape report documents an increase in blacklisted apps over Q2, as well as the continued issues of imitation and trojan apps in official app stores and the emergence of the massive WireX mobile botnet. Total number … More ?
The Necurs botnet has returned to the top ten most prevalent malware during November 2017, as cybercriminals used it to distribute a new form of ransomware, according to Check Point. Researchers found that hackers were using Necurs, considered to be the largest spam botnet in the world, to distribute the relatively new Scarab ransomware that was first seen in June 2017. The Necurs botnet started mass distribution of Scarab during the Thanksgiving holiday, sending over … More ?
Attackers demonstrated the power of an IoT-fueled botnet in 2016 when the Mirai botnet took down major websites like Reddit, Twitter and GitHub. Despite the damages, no significant changes to the IoT industry occurred. As a matter of fact, consumers continue to purchase and deploy IoT devices with little care outside the guarantee that the device works and the price tag is cheap. Manufacturers continue to pump out new IoT devices at a rapid pace, … More ?
The extraordinary volatility of the price of bitcoin has spurred speculators to employ a wide variety of tricks to make it swing between extremes, so that they can take advantage of it. The unregulated nature of the cryptocurrency ecosystem makes it possible for things like statements by widely esteemed financial executives to have a sizeable impact on the currency’s price. Another way to influence the price is through DDoS attacks against bitcoin exchange sites. There’s … More ?