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Botnets assemble

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A powerful and aggressive global army is on the march, and it isn’t Islamic State or North Korean or Russian – at least not specifically. It’s an army of botnets. According to cybersecurity specialist Symantec’s latest botnet tracker, the worldwide botnet army was swelled by 6.7million new bots during 2016…. Read more »

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Google misdiagnoses NHS as botnet

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As one of the world’s largest employers with 1.2m staff, the NHS tends to have a lot of people using Google at any one time – clinicians in particular (which in our mind raises another set of questions…). It must have come as a shock, therefore, when Google decided to… Read more »

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Botnet army attacks cyber journalist

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War reporters treat coming under fire as an occupational hazard, but tech journos don’t normally need to don flak jackets and tin helmets. However, Brian Krebs – an American investigative journalist who crusades against cyber crime – has found himself caught in such a DDoS firestorm that he had to… Read more »

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LizardStresser becomes IoT botnet-du-jour

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The LizardStresser botnet has allowed hackers to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to launch denial-of-service attacks on Brazilian banks, global gaming sites and government organisations. According to security firm Arbour Networks, an increasing number of criminals are using the botnet to hijack IoT devices by accessing them through users’… Read more »

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CCTV cameras being hijacked for DDoS attacks

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Security industry experts have identified malware that is being used to corrupt CCTV cameras. The malware transforms the cameras into botnets which are then used as a medium to run Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. CCTV cameras are easy targets as the majority are connected wirelessly and, much of… Read more »

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Hola accused of selling bandwidth to hackers

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The virtual private network service “Hola” has been accused of selling its users’ internet bandwidth to cyber criminals. This bandwidth is then used in botnets by the criminals to launch cyber attacks. Hola has millions of users, making the network rich pickings for cyber terrorists. The founder of the anonymous… Read more »

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Lizard Squad creates botnet with home, small business computers

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Security firm Incapsular has discovered an entire network of home and small business computers which have been infected with malware. These are then being used to become a huge botnet used in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. It is thought that access has been gained because users have not… Read more »

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Feedly and Evernote struck by denial of service cyber-attacks

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The news aggregator Feedly says it has come under a “distributed denial of service” attack from cyber criminals, which is preventing users from accessing its service. “The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop,” representatives of the company, which has 15 million users, the site said… Read more »

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World’s biggest cybercrime gang steals millions with botnet

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Evgeniy Bogachev, said to be known as “lucky12345” and “slavik”, is accused of being involved in attacks on more than a million computers and is now wanted by the FBI. The charges came as authorities seized control of a botnet used to steal personal and financial data. Millions of users have… Read more »

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