Botnet

These 60 dumb passwords can hijack over 500,000 IoT devices into the Mirai botnet

As long as there is a demand for cheap IoT devices, there will be plenty of manufacturers happy to cut corners and put the internet community at risk.


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400 Android apps hiding DressCode malware on Google Play Store

Trojanised apps continue to be uncovered in the official Google Play Android app store, including a Grand Theft Auto-themed mod for Minecraft.

David Bisson reports.


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Download the Mirai source code, and you can run your own Internet of Things botnet

Hijacking millions of IoT devices for evil just became that little bit easier.


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How 911 emergency services across the United States could be knocked offline by a mobile botnet

Israeli researchers have published a paper describing how hackers could use a mobile botnet to threaten the United States’s 911 emergency call infrastructure.

David Bisson reports.


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DressCode? More like code for an Android botnet…

Google is working to remove malicious apps that enlist infected Android devices into a botnet from its Play Store.

David Bisson reports.


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SoakSoak using compromised websites to spread CryptXXX ransomware

The SoakSoak botnet is compromising business websites so that they redirect visitors to the Neutrino exploit kit and CryptXXX ransomware.

David Bisson reports.


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bitdefender.com

LizardStresser recruits an army of zombie webcams to launch DDoS attacks

If you have left your internet-accessible webcam unsecured, there is a chance that it has been compromised by malicious hackers and is participating in a wave of enormous distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against gaming sites, online banks, ISPs, and government departments.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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welivesecurity.com

Irish lottery and ticket terminals knocked offline by DDoS attack

It should have been a great week for the Irish Lottery, with the largest jackpot (12 million euros) for 18 months up for grabs.

However, things didn’t run entirely smoothly in the run-up to the Wednesday night draw.

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


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Dridex malware adopts redirection attacks to target high-value UK banking customers

The Dridex trojan has adopted a new attack methodology that it is using to target high-value customers of several UK banks.

David Bisson reports.


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Suspected MegalodonHTTP DDoS botnet author arrested

Advertised for a low price on hacking forums inevitably made MegalodonHTTP attractive to some.


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PhantomSquad DDoS group claims credit for PlayStation Network downtime

A group of distributed denial-of-service attackers known as “PhantomSquad” has claimed responsibility for a PlayStation Network service interruption that lasted for 10 hours.

David Bisson reports.


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LatentBot malware opens a backdoor on the finance industry

Security researchers have uncovered the LatentBot malware, a sophisticated and unusual attack that is using multiple levels of obfuscation to target companies in the financial and insurance industries around the world.

David Bisson reports.


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Teenagers increasingly being lured into the world of online crime

Experts say that teenagers are increasingly being attracted to the world of online crime because of the appeal of the environment and the kudos they can receive.

David Bisson reports.


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tripwire.com

Hacked shopping mall CCTV cameras are launching DDoS attacks

If you’re running a CCTV surveillance camera in your office, high street store, or at home make sure that you are not unwittingly helping hackers launch denial-of-service attacks.

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


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The Dridex botnet ain’t done yet, say researchers

Security researchers are finding signs that a botnet responsible for infecting computers with the banking malware Dridex might still be functioning despite a recent international takedown.

David Bisson reports.


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bitdefender.com

PC users warned of Dridex malware attack, targeting online bankers

Law enforcement agencies around the globe have thrown a spanner into the works of a malware campaign that has earnt its criminal masters’ at least $50 million.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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