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Security researchers say they have observed what they believe is a takedown of the notorious Mozi botnet that infiltrated more than a million Internet of Things devices worldwide. In research…

Security researchers observed ‘deliberate’ takedown of notorious Mozi botnet

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How the FBI took down the notorious Qakbot botnet

A global law enforcement operation this week took down and dismantled the notorious Qakbot botnet, touted as the largest U.S.-led financial and technical disruption of a botnet infrastructure. Qakbot is a banking trojan that became infamous for providing an initial foothold on a victim’s network for other hackers to buy access and deliver their own…

4:35 am PDT • September 1, 2023
How the FBI took down the notorious Qakbot botnet

A U.S. government operation has dismantled the infrastructure of the notorious Qakbot malware, which officials say caused “hundreds of millions” of dollars of damage worldwide. In an announcement on Tuesday,…

FBI operation tricked thousands of computers infected by Qakbot into uninstalling the malware

Elon Musk has been handed a fat golden goose to feed his legal battle over ending his acquisition of Twitter. The tech mogul has been trying to cancel his Twitter-approved…

Mudge’s report helps Musk’s legal fight over $44B Twitter deal; says there are ‘millions’ of accounts that could be spam bots

A new espionage actor is breaching corporate networks to steal emails from employees involved in big financial transactions like mergers and acquisitions. Mandiant, which first discovered the advanced persistent threat…

A stealthy new espionage group is targeting corporate mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft has successfully seized domains used by APT28, a state-sponsored group operated by Russian military intelligence, to target institutions in Ukraine. The tech giant said in a blog post on…

Microsoft seizes domains used by Russian spies to target Ukraine

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has disclosed it carried out an operation in March to target a massive botnet controlled by Russian intelligence. The operation was authorized by courts in California…

FBI operation aims to take down massive Russian GRU botnet

The Internet of Things has a security problem. The past decade has seen wave after wave of new internet-connected devices, from sensors through to webcams and smart home tech, often…

Window Snyder’s new startup Thistle Technologies raises $2.5M seed to secure IoT devices

Google has added its line of Nest smart home devices to its Advanced Protection Program, a security offering that adds stronger account protections for high-risk users like politicians and journalists.…

After a spate of device hacks, Google beefs up Nest security protections

Old bot, new tricks. TrickBot, a financially motivated malware in wide circulation, has been observed infecting victims’ computers to steal email passwords and address books to spread malicious emails from…

TrickBot malware learns how to spam, ensnares 250M email addresses

The U.K. government is proposing new legislation aimed at improving security of Internet of Things devices. Digital minister Margot James MP revealed the draft law on Wednesday as part of…

UK plans new law aimed at improving Internet of Things security

Security researchers have discovered an unusual new malware that steals user passwords and account payment methods stored in a victim’s browser — and also silently pushes up YouTube subscribers and…

Scranos, a new rootkit malware, steals passwords and pushes YouTube clicks

Sometimes it take a small bug in one thing to find something massive elsewhere. During a recent investigation, security firm Forcepoint Labs said it found a new kind of malware…

Decrypted Telegram bot chatter revealed as new Windows malware

Security researchers said they’ve found a new kind of malware that takes its instructions from code hidden in memes posted to Twitter. The malware itself is relatively underwhelming: like most…

New malware pulls its instructions from code hidden in memes posted to Twitter

The fact that Russian-linked bots penetrated social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been well documented, and the details of the deception are still trickling out.

Bots distorted the 2016 Election. Will the midterms be a sequel?

A team of researchers at Duo Security has unearthed a sophisticated botnet operating on Twitter — and being used to spread a cryptocurrency scam. The botnet was discovered during the…

Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet

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…

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

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…

New DDoS extortions hit the Internet

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.…

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

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 spread…

Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good

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…

Twitter has a big bot problem

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Hackers release source code for a powerful DDoS app called Mirai

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…

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

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…

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

Microsoft is moving its botnet protection group to the cloud to provide near real-time information about known malware infections starting to surface. Microsoft is making the new program available to Internet…

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

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…

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

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…

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

Notice anything weird about your email inbox? If you said there wasn’t as much spam lately that’s because researchers at FireEye and the venerable SpamHaus have essentially shut down the…

Sound Of Silence: Researchers Nearly Shut Down Grum Spam Network