Over the past year, the XOR DDoS botnet
has grown and is now capable of being used to launch huge DDoS attacks," said Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager of the security business unit, Akamai.
90% of the DDoS attacks from the XOR DDoS botnet
targeted organizations in Asia
is a network of computers coordinated by a single control
are preying on web vulnerabilities and reflection and amplification tactics are allowing attackers to do more with less.
In a recent press statement released by the US Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General Cole stated "this operation disrupted a global botnet
that had stolen millions from businesses and consumers as well as a complex ransomware scheme that secretly encrypted hard drives and then demanded payments for giving users access to their own files and data," Cole noted that "We succeeded in disabling GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker only because we blended innovative legal and technical tactics with traditional law enforcement tools and developed strong working relationships with private industry experts and law enforcement counterparts in more than 10 countries around the world.
- which I've affectionately dubbed "Sandroid" - comes bundled with Android apps made to look like mobile two-factor authentication modules for various banks, including Riyad Bank, SB (formerly the Saudi British Bank), AlAhliOnline (National Commercial Bank), Al Rajhi Bank, and Arab National Bank.
, or a network of computers infected with malware-so-called zombies allow a third party to take control of those machines and a hidden-Markov model includes variables of which the observer has no sight but can infer and so predict an outcome and involves a process where the time-elapsed into the current state affects the prediction.
Arbor's researchers are constantly analyzing DDoS botnet
attacks-- more than 4,300 to date.
In June, Microsoft helped to break up one of the world's largest cyber crime botnets
, believed to have stolen more than $500 million from bank accounts.
criminal process on these botnet
creators and distributors.
By comparison, a 1,000-host botnet
in the European Union costs $50, while the same number in Germany, Canada or the U.
Microsoft filed a lawsuit January 31, supported by a declaration from Symantec, against the botnet
's operators in order to sever all communication lines between the botnet
and the malware-infected computers under its control.