Archive for the ‘Botnet’ Category

Malware Hunter — Shodan’s new tool to find Malware C&C Servers

May 2nd, 2017

Rapidly growing, insecure internet-connected devices are becoming albatross around the necks of individuals and organizations with malware authors routinely hacking them to form botnets that can be further used as weapons in DDoS and other cyber attacks.

But now finding malicious servers, hosted by attackers, that control botnet of infected machines gets a bit easier. Thanks to Shodan and

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Discovery of 8,800 servers sends warning to Asian cybercriminals

April 27th, 2017

Move shows the importance of international co-operation to take down cybercrime at its roots

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To Protect Your Devices, A Hacker Wants to Hack You Before Someone Else Does

April 19th, 2017

It should be noted that hacking a system for unauthorised access that does not belong to you is an illegal practice, no matter what’s the actual intention behind it.

Now I am pointing out this because reportedly someone, who has been labeled as a ‘vigilante hacker’ by media, is hacking into vulnerable ‘Internet of Things’ devices in order to supposedly secure them.

This is not the first time

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Suspected Kelihos Botnet Operator Arrested in Spain

April 10th, 2017

Update (Tuesday, April 11): The arrest of a Russian man in Spain was apparently for his role in Kelihos botnet responsible for sending hundreds of millions of spam emails worldwide.

A Russian computer hacker and alleged spam kingpin was arrested in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday reportedly over suspicion of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year’s United

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Fraudsters Using GiftGhostBot Botnet to Steal Gift Card Balances

March 25th, 2017

Gift cards have once again caused quite a headache for retailers, as cyber criminals are using a botnet to break into and steal cash from money-loaded gift cards provided by major retailers around the globe.

Dubbed GiftGhostBot, the new botnet specialized in gift card fraud is an advanced persistent bot (APB) that has been spotted in the wild by cyber security firm Distil Networks.

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What Is a DDoS Attack and How Does It Work?

March 24th, 2017

Let’s do a little thought experiment: imagine you’re driving down a highway to get to work. There are other cars on the road, but by and large everything is moving smoothly at a crisp, legally-defined speed limit. Then, as you approach an entry ramp, more cars join. And then more, and more and more until all of the sudden traffic has slowed to a crawl, if that. That is what a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is—a method where cybercriminals flood a network with so much traffic that it cannot operate or communicate as it normally would.

DDoS is a simple, effective and powerful technique that’s fueled by insecure devices and poor digital habits. It’s one of the more troubling areas in cybersecurity today simply because it’s incredibly difficult to prevent and mitigate. And it doesn’t matter how big or small a website is, either. For example, Dyn, a major service provider for popular websites, was knocked offline last October. Shortly before that attack, Brian Krebs, a popular cybersecurity journalist, suffered a massive attack on his site in retaliation of his reporting. He’s not the only journalist cybercriminals have targeted, either.

But preventing DDoS attacks from happening in the first is incredibly difficult because they’re fairly simple to create. All it takes to create a DDoS attack are two devices that coordinate to send fake traffic to a server or website. That’s it. Your laptop and your phone, for example, could form their own DDoS network (sometimes referred to as a botnet, but more on that in a minute) if you or a cybercriminal programmed them to cooperate. But two devices, even if they’re dedicating all of their processing power in an attack, aren’t enough to take down a website or server. But hundreds and thousands of devices are more than capable of taking down an entire service provider with their combined might.

To get to a network of that size, cybercriminals create what’s known as a “botnet,” a network of compromised devices that coordinate in order to achieve a particular task. Botnets don’t always have to be used in a DDoS attack, nor does a DDoS have to have a botnet to work, but more often than not they go together like Bonnie and Clyde. Cybercriminals create botnets through fairly typical means: tricking people into downloading malicious files and spreading malware.

But malware isn’t the only means of recruiting devices. Because a good deal of companies and consumers practice poor password hygiene, all a cybercriminal has to do is scan the internet for connected devices with known factory credentials or easy-to-guess passwords (“password,” for example). Once logged in, cybercriminals can easily infect and recruit the device into their cyber army.

For a good deal of the time, this cyber army lies dormant. It needs orders before it acts. This is where a specialized server called a command and control server (typically abbreviated as a “C2”) comes into play. When instructed, cybercriminals will order a C2 server to issue instructions to compromised devices. Those devices will then use a portion of their processing power to send fake traffic to a targeted server or website and, voila! A DDoS attack is born.

Because of its distributed nature, and the difficulty in discerning between legitimate and fake traffic, DDoS attacks are usually successful. They do not, however, constitute a “breach.” This is because DDoS attacks overwhelm a target to knock it offline—not to steal from it. Usually DDoS attacks will be deployed as a means of retaliation against a company or service, often for political reasons. Sometimes, however, cybercriminals will use DDoS attacks as a smokescreen for more serious compromises that may eventually lead to a full-blown breach.

Like I mentioned earlier, DDoS attacks are only possible because devices are so easily compromised. So how can you prevent your devices from participating in a DDoS attack? Well, here are a few things you can do:

  • Secure your router. Your Wi-Fi router is the gateway to your network. Secure it by changing the default password. If you’ve already thrown out the instructions for your router and aren’t sure how to do this, consult the internet for instructions on how to do it for your specific make and model, or call the manufacturer. And remember, protection can start within your router, too. Solutions such as McAfee Secure Home Platform, which is embedded within select routers, help you easily manage and protect your network.
  • Change default passwords on IoT devices. A lot of internet of things (IoT) devices, smart objects that connect to the internet for increased functionality and efficiency, come with default usernames and passwords. The very first thing you should do after taking your IoT device out of the box is change those default credentials. If you’re unsure of how to change the default setting on your IoT device, refer to setup instructions or do a bit of research online.
  • Use comprehensive security. A lot of botnets are built on devices without any built-in security. Comprehensive security solutions, like McAfee LiveSafe™, can help secure your most important digital devices from known malware variants. If you don’t have a security suite protecting your devices, take the time to do your research and commit to a solution you trust.

And, of course, stay on top of the latest consumer and mobile security threats by following me and @IntelSec_Home on Twitter, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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Hackers threaten to take down Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas Day

December 24th, 2016

Bad news for gamers!

It’s once again the time when most of you will get new PlayStations and XBoxes that continue to be among the most popular gifts for Christmas, but possibilities are you’ll not be able to log into the online gaming console, just like what happens on every Christmas holidays.

On 2014 Christmas holidays, the notorious hacker group Lizard Squad knocked the PlayStation

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‘MethBot’ Ad Fraud Operators Making $5 Million Revenue Every Day

December 20th, 2016

The biggest advertising fraud ever!

A group of hackers is making between $3 Million to $5 Million per day from United States brands and media companies in the biggest digital ad fraud ever discovered.

Online fraud-prevention firm White Ops uncovered this new Ad fraud campaign, dubbed “Methbot,” that automatically generates more than 300 Million fraudulent video ad impressions every day.


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Don’t cyber-mess with Britain, warns UK Chancellor

November 2nd, 2016

The UK will retaliate against cyber-attackers, Philip Hammond promises

Posted in Botnet, Denial of Service, Security threats | Comments (0)

Chinese Electronics Firm to Recall its Smart Cameras recently used to Take Down Internet

October 24th, 2016

You might be surprised to know that your security cameras, Internet-connected toasters and refrigerators may have inadvertently participated in the massive cyber attack that broke a large portion of the Internet on Friday.

That’s due to massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against Dyn, a major domain name system (DNS) provider that many sites and services use as their upstream

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