14 Oct 2021

FreakOut Botnet Turns DVRs Into Monero Cryptominers

According to Juniper Threat Labs, the new Necro Python exploits targets’ Visual Tool DVRs used in surveillance systems. The Necro botnet was developed by the threat group FreakOut and has reportedly learned a new trick that consists of infecting the Visual Tool DVRs with a Monero crypto miner. In late

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12 Oct 2021

Ukraine Police Cuff Botnet Herder Who Controlled 100K Machines

Ukrainian law enforcement has reportedly arrested a suspected botnet herder who the government believes to have been responsible for controlling an automated network of roughly 100,000 compromised machines. The machines were used to launch spam campaigns, DDoS attacks, scan for vulnerabilities in websites to exploit, and brute-force users’ email passwords.

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19 Aug 2021

HolesWarm Malware Exploits Unpatched Windows, Linux Servers

Researchers at Tencent have warned of a botnet crypto miner that has already compromised 1,000 or more clouds since June. The crypto miner, called HolesWarm, leverages more than 20 different known vulnerabilities in Linux and Windows servers to break into cloud hosts. The botnet has been so successful at breaching

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11 May 2021

Lemon Duck Cryptojacking Botnet Changes Up Tactics

The Lemon Duck cryptocurrency mining botnet has adapted its tactics, now targeting Microsoft Exchange servers via ProxyLogon in a new campaign against North American targets. The botnet is leveraging the ProxyLogon exploits to conduct effective attacks while incorporating new techniques such as anti-detection capabilities and the addition of the Cobalt

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26 Apr 2021

This software update is deleting botnet malware from infected PCs around the world

A new update designed by law enforcement has begun the process of removing the Emotet botnet across the world, ridding nearly 1.6 million infected computers of the malware. Law enforcement agencies in the US, Canada, and Europe coordinated a takedown of Emotet infrastructure in January of this year, seeking to

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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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