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Report: Botnet Scanned Entire IPv4 Looking For SIP Servers

June 25, 2014

Researchers have discovered that a sophisticated botnet searched the Internet specifically looking for VoIP systems.

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Cybercrime's Free Market

June 25, 2014

It will cost you $700 to build a botnet from scratch, but only $2 to rent one for about an hour, according to a new report.

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Measuring The Costs Of Cybercrime

June 24, 2014

Researchers have found that cybercriminals "activities impose disproportionate costs on society" and cite, for example, that a botnet spam campaign netted its authors $2.7 million while worldwide expenditures on spam prevention cost nearly $1 billion in US dollars.

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A Sony PlayStation 3 Botnet?

June 24, 2014

We know that when millions of compromised computers are linked together the resulting botnet can be used to spew spam or create large denial of service attacks. But, could the same happen with compromised Sony PlayStation 3 gaming consoles? Marsh Ray, a senior software engineer at PhoneFactor who along with CTO Steven Dispensa discovered an SSL flaw in 2009, has proposed an intriguing theory about the initial hack and how the PlayStation hack could lead to a botnet.

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Attack of the Darkshell Bots from Chinese IP Space

June 24, 2014

Over the past three months, researchers at Arbor Networks have been tracking some strange activity among several associated botnets aimed at telecom companies and specialized manufacturers worldwide. The piece of malware used by these botnets, called Darkshell, uses a slew of servers in China to launch specific attacks against manufacturers of food processing machines.

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