Three hackers have pleaded guilty to the creation and operation of the Mirai botnet. The botnet, a collection of internet-connected devices, was sued to take down large parts of the internet in October 2016.
Security December 14, 2017
Malware has managed to bypass and penetrate Google Play yet again, posing as 'Minecraft' skins apps this time, which connected devices to a botnet. Google has shut down the infected apps, but its impaired app review process deserves significant scrutiny.
Security October 20, 2017
A hacker used vending machines and other internet-connected devices to carry out a botnet attack on a still unidentified U.S. university. Using a malware, 5,000 IoT devices were corrupted to do the culprit's bidding.
Security February 14, 2017
Hackers are now employing hijacked IoT devices to create massive DDoS attacks. Traffic attacks coming from botnets composed of IoT devices are projected to go beyond 1 Terabit per second, which correlates to a recent reported case where the traffic was charted at a record-breaking 799 Gbps.
Internet October 3, 2016
The source code for the malware known as Mirai was uploaded on a hacker website. The malware was the one that powered the DDoS attacks that were recently launched against Krebs on Security and OVH.
Security October 2, 2016
Check Point reports that more than 40 Google Play store apps are infected with a new malware called DressCode. More than 400 more apps from third-party app stores are also infected.
Security September 3, 2016
A hacking collective called 'PoodleCorp' has threatened to take 'Pokémon GO' offline on Aug. 1, using a massive botnet of 600,000 devices. Why? Just for kicks.
Internet July 21, 2016
Microsoft has teamed up with the FBI and a number of other law enforcement agencies to take down the growing global Dorkbot botnet threat. This particular malware is able to give hackers a range of personal information about the user that it targets.
Apps/Software December 4, 2015
A Linux botnet, supported by the XOR DDoS malware, has become so powerful that it can launch attacks at more than 150 Gbps. This is many times over what the typical infrastructure of companies would be able to withstand.
Internet September 30, 2015
The sophisticated malware worm botnet infected thousands of PCs and while it's now been shut down, all the PCs must be cleaned. The cybercrime operation was a global unified team effort.
Geek April 11, 2015
A group of hackers released a file allegedly containing about 13,000 password and username combinations stolen from a number of sites. It also included information such as credit card numbers and card expiration dates.
Internet December 28, 2014
While looking to see what new viruses were threatening Mac OS X, a Russian security firm discovers a virus that has affected at least 17,000 Mac computers. Mac.BackDoor.iWorm connects infected computers' command and control servers. Botnet, anyone?
Internet October 6, 2014
The Department of Justice says it has neutralized the Cryptolocker ransomware program. The botnet that distributed it has been secured.
Internet July 15, 2014
The FBI is on a manhunt for a 30-year-old Russian cybercrime ringleader responsible for stealing millions of dollars from unknowing users by installing malicious software into their computers.
Internet June 4, 2014
Malware is unfair to businesses and consumers. But a two-year-old botnet and ransomware scheme have been crippled by the FBI and international law enforcement organizations.
Computers June 2, 2014
Symantec VP Brian Dye thinks that antivirus software is dead, but Kaspersky Lab head, Eugene Kaspersky, disagrees. He thinks that antivirus scanners should continue to be used alongside other methods for security.
Apps/Software May 9, 2014
Researchers from Indiana University have developed a tool that can weed out bots spamming Twitter with fake accounts. The tool is called BotOrNot and analyzes various aspects of an account using predictive analytics.
Apps/Software May 8, 2014
Microsoft has disrupted botnet ZeroAccess, but says it cannot wipe it out.
Internet December 7, 2013