28 Jan 2021

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet’s ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

Emotet, one of the world’s more notorious botnets in the world, has been wrecking chaos all over the internet for half a decade. However, a massive global police investigation has allegedly resulted in Emotet’s takedown and the arrest of multiple operators and members of the criminal operation behind the botnet.

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23 Oct 2020

Botnet Infects Hundreds of Thousands of Websites

A botnet called KashmirBlack has been infecting thousands of websites running on content management systems such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. The botnet uses Dropbox and GitHub to avoid detection and is focused on spamming and defacing hundreds of thousands of websites.  Security firm Imperva was the first to report

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14 Oct 2020

Lemon Duck Cryptocurrency-Mining Botnet Activity Spikes

Researchers have been monitoring a spike in the cryptocurrency mining botnet Lemon Duck, occurring since this August. The Lemon Duck botnet is a complex mining botnet that has the capability to tap into victims’ computer resources and mine the Monero virtual currency. Researchers warn that although the botnet has been

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13 Oct 2020

Security Firms & Financial Group Team Up to Take Down Trickbot

Several security firms, including ESET, Black Lotus Labs, and Symantec have teamed up with Microsoft and the financial services industry to combat the use of Trickbot through eliminating the ransomware’s C2 infrastructure. The notorious Trickbot ransomware has infected more than a million computing devices to date, according to a statement

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21 Aug 2020

Sophisticated Peer-to-Peer Botnet Discovered

A relatively recent peer-to-peer botnet has just been discovered by researchers. The botnet has been actively breaching Secure Shell servers since at least January and has been named FritzFrog. The botnet utilizes a worm malware that is multi-threaded, file-less, and leaves no signs of infection on the disks of targeted

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09 Apr 2020

New IoT botnet launches stealthy DDoS attacks, spreads malware

A new botnet is reportedly actively targeting IoT devices through the use of payloads compiled for a dozen CPUs. The botnet uses these payloads to launch different types of DDoS attacks and spread malware. The botnet has been named the Dark Nexus by researchers at Bitdefender after they discovered it

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03 Feb 2020

Coronavirus Campaigns Spread Emotet, Malware

Hackers are capitalizing on the public fear of the coronavirus, using headlines related to the global health emergency to spread malicious files, including the notorious Emotet malware. The botnet driven emails are using the coronavirus as a theme to target populations, luring victims into clicking on bad links. The emails

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05 Dec 2019

The Great Cannon DDoS Tool Used Against Hong Kong Protestors’ Forum

The Great Cannon Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS0 tool was deployed against the LIHKG platform used by Hong Kong protesters to coordinate. The Great Cannon is a tool that hijacks traffic between IP addressed, resulting in the ability to replace unencrypted content using man-in-the-middle techniques. The Great Cannon is currently

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01 Nov 2019

32,000+ WiFi Routers Potentially Exposed to New Gafgyt Variant

New research by Unit 42 warns that a new version of the Gafgyt Internet of Things (IoT) botnet is targeting vulnerabilities in home routers by Huawei, Realtek and Zyxel. Scan results show that the total number of vulnerable devices is at least 32,000. Gafgyt has been active since 2014, and

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30 Oct 2019

The nastiest ransomware, phishing and botnets of 2019

According to a new Webroot report, the nastiest ransomware threat of 2019 was the Emotet – Trickbot – Ryuk attack chain that resulted in massive financial losses for targeted organizations. The Trickbot – Ryuk combination also features on the list separately, taking the second spot. Other top ransomware threats were

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