China, Japan, and Australia amongst top APAC nations hit with botnets

Nations with robust or growing IT networks remain the main source of cybercriminal activities, with five Asia-Pacific markets among the top 20 to be hit by bot traffic last year. China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia experienced some of the highest volume of bot traffic in 2017, according to data from CenturyLink’s Threat Research […]

New Malware Adds RAT to a Persistent Loader

VBScript has long been an attack vector that could bring malicious software to an infected machine. But what if it could do more? What if VBScript could open a door to allow a PHP application access that would take control of a computer, making it part of a botnet? That’s precisely the scenario in a […]

Hackers are using botnets to take the hard work out of breaking into networks

It’s not unheard of to see botnets conducting device exploitation using public and known vulnerabilities to silently break into devices to take them over, and steal data or conduct attacks. But can a botnet be used to break into a network? New research from Boston-based Cybereason wanted to test that theory. By creating a honeypot network, the […]

The Good, the Bad & the Disruptive: Bots on the Wild, Wild Web

Botnets, with odd names like Mirai and Dorkbot, give bots a bad name. That being said, it’s important to understand that just because something is called a bot doesn’t mean it’s bad. We use the term to refer to almost anything from the spider programs that search engines like Google use to make a searchable […]

Microsoft Report: Cybersecurity’s Top 3 Threats Intertwine

Cybercrime is a business, and hackers are looking for cheap strategies to maximize impact and minimize cost. Simple attack methods are one of three key themes permeating version 23 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which was released this week. This edition of the biannual report spans enterprise and consumer cloud services, and analyzes the […]

The Mirai botnet explained: How teen scammers and CCTV cameras almost brought down the internet

On October 12, 2016, a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack left much of the internet inaccessible on the U.S. east coast. The attack, which authorities initially feared was the work of a hostile nation-state, was in fact the work of the Mirai botnet. This attack, which initially had much less grand ambitions — to […]

7 Cryptominers & Cryptomining Botnets You Can’t Ignore

Cryptocurrency mining has emerged as the new big threat for organizations worldwide. Many cybercriminals, looking to cash in on the crypto-craze, have begun hijacking computers and using their resources secretly to mine for cryptocurrencies. One tactic has been to install miners for popular cryptocurrencies—especially Monero—on host systems and add them to massive cryptomining botnets. Another tactic has […]

Rise of the ‘Hivenet’: Botnets That Think for Themselves

Over the past few years, a new development has occurred: predictive software systems are being programmed using artificial intelligence techniques. The latest advances in these kinds of tools use swarm technology to leverage massive databases of expert knowledge comprised of billions of constantly updated bits of data in order to make accurate predictions. But his […]

IoT Botnets by the Numbers

Even before Mirai burst onto the scene a year-and-a-half ago, security experts had been warning anyone who listened about how juicy Internet of things (IoT) devices were looking to criminal botnet herders. Proliferating faster than black t-shirts at a security conference, IoT sensors have spread throughout our personal and business lives inside cameras, automobiles, TVs, […]

Evolving Threat from Botnets, IoT Zombies

Read why Nikhil Taneja says that the Internet of Things botnets are deadliest threat vectors on CXO Today : Today, one of the fastest growing and nefarious bots include those that exploit Internet of Things (IoT) devices as weapons of attack. These bots are rapidly changing the threats landscape. The Mirai attacks in 2016 demonstrated what […]