Suspicious likes lead to researcher lighting up a 22,000-strong botnet on Twitter

Botnets are fascinating to me. Who creates them? What are they for? And why doesn't someone delete them? The answers are probably less interesting than I hope, but in the meantime I like to cheer when

New DDoS extortions hit the Internet

A 1.3 Tbps DDoS attack – essentially a massive torrent of data aimed at a single target – nearly took down network provider Akamai on March 1. While the attack itself is notable more inter

Researcher Emilio Ferrara talks about the rise of fake news and botnets

Emilio Ferrara has been thinking about botnets for over a decade. As the first social networks climbed out of the mire, he noticed that they were very easy to game. Now, it seems, all of those early t

Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good

According to Emilio Ferrara, a USC Information Sciences Institute researcher, not all Twitter bots are born bad. He should know. Ferrara created a “large-scale experiment designed to analyze the

Twitter has a big bot problem

Twitter bots – robots that interact with humans – have a long history. The Twitter API is fairly easy to use (I made a bot that plays Zork with a friend two years ago) and there is little

Mirai botnet creator unmasked as DDOS protection developer tempted by the dark side

Mirai, the botnet that subverted thousands of poorly secured internet of things devices and set them to work on denial of service attacks, has been revealed to be the creation of a young developer who

Dyn DNS DDoS likely the work of script kiddies, says Flashpoint

Business risk intelligence firm FlashPoint has put out a preliminary analysis of last week's massive denial of service attack against Dyn DNS, and its conclusion is it was likely the work of amateur h

Hackers release source code for a powerful DDoS app called Mirai

After doing heavy damage to KrebsOnSecurity and other web servers the creator of the Mirai botnet, a program designed to harness insecure IoT devices to run massive denial of service attacks, has appa

How to prevent your IoT devices from being forced into botnet bondage

With more and more unguarded IoT devices becoming connected to the internet every day, malicious bot lords are having an easier time conscripting new recruits into their undyingly loyal armies of zomb

Crooks Reanimate A Dead Botnet To Target High-Value Bank Accounts

In something that sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, hackers have reanimated an apparently dead botnet called Gameover Zeus even as malware researchers dismantled the previous version of the n

Microsoft Offers A Cloud Approach To A Legacy Problem With New Anti-Botnet Program

Microsoft isĀ <a target="_blank" href="">moving

Hackers Point Large Botnet At WordPress Sites To Steal Admin Passwords And Gain Server Access

If you’re running a WordPress site, now would be a good time to ensure you are using very strong passwords and to make sure your username is not “admin.” According to reports from Ho

Grum: Inside The Takedown Of One Of The World’s Biggest Spam Networks

As Spring cracked the Moscow frosts and March rains doused the streets, a computer in an innocuous server farm somewhere in the heart of the city winked to life. It was 2007, a year when many people b

Sound Of Silence: Researchers Nearly Shut Down Grum Spam Network

Notice anything weird about your email inbox? If you said there wasn't as much spam lately that's because researchers at <a target="_blank" href="">FireEye</a> and the venerable

Seculert Gets $5.35 Million Investment For Cloud-Based Botnet Detection Service

<a target="_blank" href="">Seculert</a> announced a $5.35 million round of funding today led by <a target="_blank" href="">Norwest Venture Partners</a> for the Israel

Researchers take over botnet, grab 56,000 passwords an hour

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Shadow botnet puts itself out to pasture

Two Dutch brothers are charged with operating the Shadow botnet, which infected upwards of 150,000 computers. After the botnet takedown was secured, The Dutch High Tech Crime Unit enlisted the help of

Russian gang goes after network administrators

The New York Times reported that a gang of Russian criminals has been using network admin software as part of a nefarious plot to hijack thousands of PCs for passwords and other personal information.