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The Mirai botnet: three men plead guilty after weaponizing the Internet of Things

The Mirai botnet launched an attack on the internet, the scale of which had never been seen before.

And now some of its perpetrators have admitted their criminal involvement.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

Satori botnet rears its head, exploiting IoT vulnerabilities

A new IoT botnet has quietly hijacked more than 100,000 routers, readying them for paralysing distributed denial-of-service attacks against websites.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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bitdefender.com

Reaper IoT botnet could be more devastating than Mirai

Think the Mirai botnet which launched a DDoS attack that knocked major websites offline last year was bad?

It’s possible that you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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welivesecurity.com

Spammed-out emails threaten websites with DDoS attack on September 30th

Websites are being told that they have until September 30th to pay extortionists $720 worth of Bitcoin, or else suffer a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Budding malware author uses same Skype ID across job applications and IoT botnet ads

A young malware developer is using the same Skype ID for applying to jobs and advertising their Internet of Things (IoT) botnet.

David Bisson reports.


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welivesecurity.com

Spiderman pleads guilty to knocking 900,000 German broadband routers offline

It seems that Spiderman is in a spot of trouble, tangled in a web of his own making.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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South Korean banks told to pay $315,000 or suffer DDoS wrath

Online extortionists have threatened to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against seven South Korean banks unless each victim pays up US $315,000 in ransom.

David Bisson reports.


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Universal Plug ‘n’ Pwn! Pinkslipbot malware exploits UPnP to help it steal credentials

A variant of Pinkslipbot is the first known malware to conduct attack campaigns using infected machines as HTTPS-based control servers. Have you disabled UPnP?

David Bisson reports.


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Cryptocurrency-mining malware has been using WannaCry’s NSA exploit for weeks

A cryptocurrency-mining malware began exploiting a leaked NSA vulnerability several weeks before WannaCry sank its teeth into it.

David Bisson reports.


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tripwire.com

Persirai IoT botnet threatens to hijack over 120,000 IP cameras

Internet-connected cameras around the world are once again being hijacked by malicious hackers in order to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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ISP brought down by warring malware families

A battle between two rival families of malware is being blamed for the downtime that a Californian ISP suffered earlier this month.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Almost two million Androids infected by FalseGuide malware, masquerading as game guides

A malware family known as FalseGuide masqueraded as game guides on Google Play to infect nearly two million Android devices.

David Bisson reports.


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The Hajime IoT worm fights the Mirai botnet for control of your devices

The Hajime malware is worming its way through DVRs, CCTV systems, and other poorly-protected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

David Bisson reports.


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For a while the infamous Mirai botnet could have exploited your IoT devices to mine Bitcoins

IoT-exploiting malware like Mirai is continually evolving, as online criminals look for new ways to make money.

David Bisson reports.


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welivesecurity.com

Top tip for botnet overlords: Don’t vacation in countries that can extradite you to the United States

There’s no doubt that a life of cybercrime can earn its most successful overlords a considerable amount of money, but you will always have to live with the fear that you could be apprehended and – if convicted – spend years in prison.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Malicious torrent file conducts distributed WordPress password attack

The Sathurbot backdoor trojan uses the lure of torrents to deliver a distributed brute-force attack against websites with weak WordPress administrator passwords.

David Bisson reports.


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