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Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking

Vid Amid ongoing malware infections of IoT gadgets and armies of commandeered gizmos attacking server, glaring security holes in web-connected CCTV cameras are going unpatched. So say researchers with Cybereason, who claim a pair of high-profile vulnerabilities they spotted in surveillance cams two years ago have been completely …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Dec 2016

Ponmocup is the '15 million' machine botnet you've never heard of

Botconf One of the world's most successful, oldest, and largest botnets is an underestimated and largely-unknown threat that has over time infected 15 million machines and made millions plundering bank accounts. The findings from a team of eight Fox IT researchers say the 'Ponmocup' botnet controlled 2.4 million infections at its peak …
Darren Pauli, 3 Dec 2015
Cat 5 cable

Conficker, back from the undead, dominates malware threat landscape

Conficker was the most common malware used to attack UK and international organisations in October, accounting for 20 per cent of all attacks globally, according to security vendor Check Point. When it first appeared in November 2008, the Windows-affecting Conficker worm caused all manner of problems mainly because of its …
John Leyden, 1 Dec 2015

Anti-botnet initiatives USELESS in sea of patch-hating pirates

Three Dutch researchers have crunched data gleaned from efforts to battle the Conficker bot and declared anti-botnet initiatives all but useless for clean up efforts. Conficker was born in 2008 spreading aggressively through a since patched remote code execution Microsoft vulnerability (MS08-067) that affected all operating …
Darren Pauli, 18 Aug 2015

Cyber-security's dirty little secret: It's not as bad as you think

New research from the Global Commission on Internet Governance has reached a surprising conclusion: cyberspace is actually getting safer. The report [PDF] starts from a simple enough premise: while we are constantly told that incidents of cyberattacks and online security threats are increasing, are they growing relative to the …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2015

US is the world's botnet mothership, says Level 3

Level 3 Communications says America is home to more botnet command and control servers, edging out the Ukraine, with Russia only managing third place. Command and control servers, used to maintain vast botnet scourges, are active for about 30 days before being taken down by operators located all over the world or by local …
Darren Pauli, 22 Jun 2015
Bitcoin bloodbath

Got a botnet? Thinking of using it to mine Bitcoin? Don't bother

Despite an increase in popularity over recent months amongst botnet operators, malware-powered Bitcoin mining brings little to no financial return, say experts. Security giant McAfee contends in its quarterly threat report (PDF) that commercial botnet controllers and malware packages have been adding cryptocurrency mining …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jun 2014
bug on keyboard

Botnet PC armies gulp down 16 MILLION logins from around the web: Find out if you're a victim

Officials in Germany have warned that large networks of hijacked, hacker-controlled PCs – aka botnets – have harvested 16 million email address and password combinations for websites and other online services. The (German Office of Information Security) BSI said cops and security researchers have been closely following armies …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014

Tor traffic torrent: It ain't the Syrians, it's the BOTS

The recent spike in traffic on the Tor anonymizing relay network is probably due to botnet activity rather than any recent political developments, research by Tor Project members has concluded. The overall number of clients accessing the Tor network on a daily basis has more than doubled since around mid-August, but so far …
The Register breaking news

Microsoft loads botnet-crushing data into Azure

Microsoft is plugging its security intelligence systems into Azure so that service providers and local authorities can get near-realtime information on botnets and malware detected by Redmond. The new Windows Azure-based Cyber Threat Intelligence Program (C-TIP) was unveiled on Tuesday by Microsoft as an extension of its crime …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2013
Great Wall of China

China: Online predator or hapless host?

Analysis The People’s Republic of China has been singled out in increasingly unequivocal language by the US and its allies as one of, if not the greatest, source of online attacks, be they perpetrated by criminals or the Chinese state itself. But amid all the anti-Beijing bluster, has China been given an unfairly bad rep? At first …
Phil Muncaster, 13 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Rotten spam causing more infections than ever – study

Anti-spam tools have evolved to a degree where many of us hardly see much spam anymore. But when we do, the threat posed by those messages is greater than it has ever been, according to a new report from independent security firm AV-Test. The report, entitled "Spam – More Dangerous than Ever Before," was based on an 18-month …
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Zombie-animating malnets increase 200% in just 6 months

Crybercrooks are beefing up the infrastructure behind the delivery of botnets, a move that is leading towards more potent and numerous threats, say researchers. Botnet infections are commonly spread though compromised websites seeded with malicious scripts and promoted via black hat SEO tactics such as link farms. These …
John Leyden, 3 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Bitcoin Foundation vows to clean up currency's bad rep

Tired of bad press, Bitcoin advocates have launched a new foundation aimed at both promoting the electronic currency and funding infrastructure to maintain its momentum. The Bitcoin Foundation is the brainchild of Gavin Andresen, who says he modeled it after the Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization that "promotes, …
Neil McAllister, 29 Sep 2012
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Peer-to-peer update makes ZeuS botnets harder to take down

A new strain of the ZeuS crimeware toolkit comes with a peer-to-peer design that lets infected machines bypass centralized servers when receiving updates and marching orders from operators, a researcher said. The update to a custom-built ZeuS variant known as Murofet could make it harder for white-hat hackers and law- …
Dan Goodin, 13 Oct 2011
The Register breaking news

Microsoft delivers fatal blow to yet another botnet

Microsoft said it delivered a fatal legal blow to Kelihos, a botnet that stole sensitive personal information stored on computers it infected, and was capable of delivering almost 4 billion spam messages per day. The takedown was achieved in part by obtaining a secret court order shutting down 21 internet addresses, including …
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

Microsoft turns to FBI in hunt for Rustock ringleader

Microsoft lawyers have sealed their victory over the operators of what was once the world's biggest source of spam after winning a court case giving them permanent control over the IP addresses and servers used to host the Rustock botnet. The seizure was completed earlier this month when a federal judge in Washington state …
Dan Goodin, 22 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

State-sponsored spies collaborate with crimeware gang

Hackers sponsored by the Chinese government and other nations are collaborating with profit-driven malware gangs to infiltrate corporate networks storing government secrets and other sensitive data, researchers say. In many ways, the relationship between state-sponsored actors and organized crime groups that target online bank …
Dan Goodin, 13 Sep 2011

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