Tag Archives: Botnets

Symantec: Cybercriminals Use Consumer IoT Devices to Launch Attacks Against Companies

Symantec has published new research that indicates cybercriminals work to hijack home networks and consumer Internet of Things devices to launch distributed denial of service attacks against large companies. The company said Thursday its security response team has found that cybercriminals gain cheap bandwidth through a web of consumer devices to spread malware and create zombie networks …

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Microsoft Pools Forensics, Legal Pros at Cybercrime Hub; David Finn, Richard Boscovich Comment

Microsoft has opened a new center for online forensic experts, security engineers and legal technology professionals to collaborate and develop anti-hacking measures, Reuters reported Thursday. Joseph Menn writes the Cybersecurity Center will combine data analysis and detective work in an effort to combat software piracy and criminal activities online. The …

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Industry Group Releases Botnet Guidelines At WH

A multi-industry group has issued a set of protection guidelines to fight botnets, the company announced Thursday. The Industry Botnet Group made the announcement during a White House event Wednesday to discuss the impacts of botnets to cyber security. The list includes nine tips that were created to minimize the …

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Industry Group Agrees to Cyber Tactics for Botnets, Hijacking

An industry advisory group has voluntarily taken on suggested tactics to defend networks against three major cybersecurity threat areas, the Federal Communication Commission announced Thursday.  The Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council agreed to a set of recommendations it says would aid to mitigate the amount of Internet route hijackings, attacks …

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Cisco: Cyber Crime Not as Profitable Anymore

Cyber crime is not the cash cow it once was, according to Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) whose recent research examined the cyber underground. Speaking yesterday at a press event at in San Bruno, Calif., security researcher Pat Peterson said last year saw a turning point in the fight against mass …

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Texan Charged in Hacker Stock Fraud Scheme

A Texan is accused of organizing a ruse using a Russian hacker and a spam campaign to artificially inflate the value of certain stocks, according to the Justice Department. Christopher Rad, 42, was arrested and charged yesterday with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and transmit commercial email …

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EU Cyber Agency Cracks Down on Cyber Zombies

According to zombie lore, a surefire way to destroy one of the living dead is a shot to the head. Now, EU’s cybersecurity agency, ENISA, has published a study on botnets, also known as cyber zombies. But neutralizing these zombies may be more difficult than their horror-movie brethren. The report, …

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Iranian Cyber Army Takes Aim

Following in the footsteps of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, Iran released plans to launch its own cyber policing unit, The Associated Press reported. Iran’s Cyber Army, rumored to have Revolutionary Guard affiliation, begins its mission this month. The army will monitor the Net for traces of political opposition and cyber …

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US — Worst. Spammer. Ever.

A new report by Sophos has revealed the top 12 spam-producing countries, and once again, the United States was tagged with the dubious distinction of placing first. “Many members of the public still don’t understand the vital role that they can play in fighting spam – preventing their home PC …

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Netherlands a Haven for Cyber Crooks

A hacker network in the Netherlands was unraveled earlier this week, and the main suspect nabbed in Armenia less than a day later. While a Dutch expert hailed the operation as unique, the Netherlands still placed seventh on a list of countries hardest hit by cyber crime, according to Radio …

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Iranian Cyber Army Hacker Group Offers Botnets-for-Hire

The so-called Iranian Cyber Army, a group of hackers with alleged links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, is reportedly getting into the botnet business. The group, which hacked Twitter and Chinese search engine Baidu last year, has been offering its services on the cyber black market by renting access to its …

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