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Analysis of the Jericho Botnet – A Modern Malware Case Study

We’ve talked a lot about modern malware as a concept, but I’d like to use this week’s column to call out one particular sample of malware that I’ve had my eye on for the last several weeks – a new banking botnet that has been referred to as the Jericho Botnet.

This botnet also illustrates the importance of the malware trends for 2012 that I called out in an earlier column – the increasing sophistication of malware writers’ coding techniques, the need to more tightly control applications that malware will use to communicate with the outside world and the advantages of sandbox analysis when applied to anti-malware network security. Continue reading Analysis of the Jericho Botnet – A Modern Malware Case Study

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How a Security Industry Collective Shattered The Latest Hlux/Kelihos Botnet

On the heels of news earlier this week that Microsoft led an operation that resulted in the takedown of several Zeus botnets, on Wednesday more news came from the security industry on the successful takedown of yet another large botnet.

On Wednesday, experts from Kaspersky Lab along with others including experts from newly formedsecurity firm CrowdStrikeDell SecureWorks and members of the Honeynet Project, announced the successful takedown of the second Hlux/Kelihos botnet. (Microsoft refers to the botnet as Kelihos, while Kaspersky calls it the Hlux botnet.) Continue reading How a Security Industry Collective Shattered The Latest Hlux/Kelihos Botnet

Android botnet may net millions yearly for its operators

Researchers from Symantec and North Carolina State University may have stumbled upon one of the largest and most lucrative mobile botnets yet.

First discovered by N.C. State researcher Saxon Jiang and then confirmed by Symantec, the botnet consists of of hundreds of thousands of infected nodes, said Cathal Mullaney, a Symantec security response engineer, in a blog post. Continue reading Android botnet may net millions yearly for its operators

Hackers selling cheap BOTNETs and DDOS on forums

The Internet has revolutionized shopping around the world. Security researchers F-Secure reported recently in a post that hackers are Selling Cheap DDOS services on Various Forums. Hackers are offering services like distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), which can be used to knock website offline in just 1 – 2 hours / 2$ per hour. They Posted a  Youtube Video in which a young woman advertises DDoS services. Continue reading Hackers selling cheap BOTNETs and DDOS on forums