CertPolska published an updated detailed technical report with new statistics were made from 20 different botnets sinkholed by its servers.
All of them used domains registered through Domain Silver, Inc. These are not all of the botnets that used Domain Silver as the registrar, but only ones that were sinkholed as of 23rd of July 2013. The botnet malware included ZeuS ICE IX, Citadel, Andromeda/Gamarue and Dorkbot/NgrBot. Among them is also the Citadel plitfi botnet which is takedown.
Highlights from the gathered data are:
Moscow-based cyber-intelligence firm Group-IB is working with INTERPOL to monitor and track online criminals through the takedown of botnets.
The forensics firm, which has assisted in the takedown of botnets such as Grum, has been working with international law enforcement to profile cybercriminals. And during this interview with Information Security Media Group [transcript below], Group-IB researcher Andrey Komarov explains how his firm monitors undergrounds forums to track the steps of the hackers who sell malware and oversee command-and-control centers.
Peer-to-peer botnets have witnessed a dramatic surge over the past three years, but it appears the number of infected computers in these zombie networks is exceeding all expectations.
Following the dismantling of notorious classical botnets such as Mariposa and Rustock, cyber-criminals have focused their attention on developing decentralized botnets that communicate in a peer-to-peer manner to avoid decapitation.
Dutch security and justice minister Ivo Opstelten has drawn up a draft bill to tackle computer-related crimes because current rules are outdated,new law allow police and justice ministry officials to hack into suspects’ computers even if the server is abroad, and tap into Skype conversations.(Report Nos)
Israeli security company CommTouch warns that e-mail messages purporting to share news about the marathon explosions could have a sinister hidden purpose.
Spammers, hackers, and general Internet no-goodniks have hit a new low, according to Israeli web security company CommTouch. “In the wake of the tragedy in Boston, hackers are sending out e-mails designed to prey on the worries of people whose loved ones may have been caught up in the bombings, or who are following the breaking news.”
Scientists team from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia designed a social botnet, a botmaster herds its troop of social bots, each of which mimics a person like you and me. The researchers then unleashed the social botnet on an unsuspecting Facebook and its billion-plus profiles.
Why would you need a map of the Internet? The Internet is not like the Grand Canyon. It is not a destination in a voyage that requires so many right turns and so many left turns. The Internet, as the name suggests and many of you already know, is nothing but the sum of decentralized connections between various interconnected computers that are speaking roughly the same language. To map out those connections and visualize the place where I spend so much of my time may not have any clear use, but it intrigues the pants off me.
Hundreds of thousands of bogus malware-laden emails purportedly from Westpac were sent to Australians on Thursday, in what a security firm says is the fastest spreading email it can remember.
The malware emails were first identified at 9.30 on Thursday morning and security firm MailGuard said at 3.30pm it had blocked 318,000 going to clients' inboxes.