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PyCryptoMiner ropes Linux machines into Monero-mining botnet

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 ?

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UK teen dodges jail time for role in DDoSes on Natwest, Amazon and more

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.…

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Return of Necurs botnet brings new ransomware threat

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 ?

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Will IoT botnets catapult the industry toward security regulation in 2018?

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 ?

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DDoS attackers increasingly targeting cryptocurrency exchanges

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 ?

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Andromeda botnet dismantled in international cyber operation

On 29 November 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in close cooperation with the Luneburg Central Criminal Investigation Inspectorate in Germany, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force (J-CAT), Eurojust and private-sector partners, dismantled one of the longest running malware families in existence called Andromeda (also known as Gamarue). According to Microsoft, Andromeda’s main goal was to distribute other malware families. Andromeda was associated with 80 malware families and, in … More ?

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Criminals leverage unsecured IoT devices, DDoS attacks surge

Organizations experienced an average of 237 DDoS attack attempts per month during Q3 2017 – equivalent to 8 DDoS attack attempts every day – as hackers strive to take their organisations offline or steal sensitive data, according to Corero Network Security. The data, which is based on DDoS attack attempts against Corero customers, represents a 35% increase in monthly attack attempts compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2017), and a 91% increase in monthly attack … More ?

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DoS scum attacked one-third of the ‘net between 2015 and 2017

Even CHARGEN services are hosed, daily, says CAIDA study One-third of Internet hosts with IPv4 addresses were subject to denial of service attacks in the last two years.…

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Infosec expert viewpoint: DDoS attacks

DDoS attacks have become more extensive and are testing the limits of existing DDoS mitigation tools and practices, as well as affecting online businesses globally. Organizations are experiencing an increase in the magnitude of DDoS attacks, with the average size of attacks over 50 Gbps quadrupling in just two years. What presents a particular risk for organizations is the barrage of short, low volume attacks that mask more serious network intrusions. Frost & Sullivan found … More ?

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