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IoT proliferation and widespread 5G: A perfect botnet storm

By now, we’ve heard the many promises of the 5G era. Organizations across industries are poised to take advantage of the enhancements 5G will bring to boost their products and services in ways that were difficult or expensive to achieve using 4G networks. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a big part of this shift,…

Mirai variant Mukashi searching out Zixel NAS devices

The new Mirai variant Mukashi is targeting Zyxel network attached storage (NAS) devices using brute force attacks based on the default admin credentials and then exploiting CVE-2020-9054. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 said almost all Zyxel NAS products running firmware versions up to 5.21 are susceptible. CVE-2020-9054 is a pre-authentication command injection vulnerability, which may…

Necurs botnet operation dismantled; millions of malicious domains disabled

A coalition of security-minded organizations led by Microsoft struck a major blow against the mighty Necurs botnet — one of the largest in world — dismantling its infrastructure in a global takedown. Empowered by a court order, Microsoft not only took control of the Necurs operators’ web domains, but it blocked an additional 6 million…

Bots vs. Bad actors: How to spot the difference and protect yourself

Hackers. Bots. Trolls. Cybercriminals. We’ve all heard these terms used – sometimes interchangeably – to describe alleged perpetrators of cyberattacks and other malicious online activity. But as social media grows as the cyberattack vector of choice, it’s important for businesses to understand and be able to recognize the differences so they can spot the real…

Attackers distill essence of Mirai IoT botnet into LiquorBot malware

Researchers recently uncovered another descendant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, this one featuring Monero cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Dubbed LiquorBot, the botnet malware is written in Go programming language and seems to use the same command-and-control infrastructure as Mirai. Sometimes, attack campaigns have even paired both LiquorBot and Mirai together in malicious dropper scripts,…

Cybersecurity takes the stage

No longer just the concern of IT, cybersecurity is the bad boy headliner that dominates centerstage and all stages beyond.  Teri Robinson reports.  At the recent Lonestar Blues and Heritage Festival in, where else, Texas, fans bounced between the main stage where headliners strutted their stuff and the porch stage where more modest acts plucked their guitars – and…

Momentum botnet spotted in the wild

A new botnet dubbed Momentum has been found targeting Linux systems running on a variety of different processors and pushing a list of well-known backdoors with the goal of being able to launch DDoS attacks. Trend Micro reported Momentum has been found launching Mirai, Kaiten and Bashlite variants in a series of attacks that use…

Stantinko botnet’s monetization strategy shifts to cryptomining

The versatile Stantinko botnet that’s been targeting former Soviet nations since at least 2012 has added a Monero cryptomining module to its arsenal. Stantinko historically has perpetrated click fraud, ad injections, social network fraud and brute-force password stealing attacks, primarily targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But this latest module, discovered by researchers at ESET,…

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