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LizardStresser IoT botnet launches 400Gbps DDoS attack

Reading Time: < 1 minute  |  Published: July 1, 2016 in Industry News
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By targeting internet of things (IoT) devices using default passwords, the botnet has grown large enough to launch a 400 gigabits per second (Gbps) attack without any form of amplification. The attackers simply used the cumulative bandwidth available to the IoT devices they have infected with...

EU referendum petition hijacked by bots

Reading Time: < 1 minute  |  Published: June 27, 2016 in Industry News
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An online petition calling for a second EU referendum has been hijacked by automated bots adding false signatures. Posts on the 4chan message board indicated that some users had scripted programs to automatically sign the petition. Thousands of signatures appeared to have come from people in Vatican...

Large Botnet Comes Back To Life — With More Malware

Reading Time: < 1 minute  |  Published: June 27, 2016 in Industry News
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A botnet associated with the huge volumes of Dridex and Locky-laden emails in recent months has resumed operations after mysteriously going dark for three weeks. Researchers from multiple firms report seeing a sharp increase in malicious traffic originating from the Necurs botnet, after a significant drop-off...

Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

Reading Time: < 1 minute  |  Published: June 20, 2016 in Industry News
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New ransomware written entirely in JavaScript has appeared encrypting users files for a US$250 (£172, A$336) ransom and installing a password-stealing application. Researchers @jameswt_mht and @benkow_ found the ransomware they dubbed RAA. Bleeping Computer malware man Lawrence Abrams described the ransomware noting it is shipped as a...