DDOS Botnets Thriving, Threatening

Group of Web-based botnets from Russia signals dangers of DDOS attacks worldwideU.S. researchers are closely tracking several Russian botnets that have hammered Eastern European e-commerce and government-related Websites with distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks over the past year — and they worry that larger, politically inspired DDOS attacks may be on the horizon.The botnets use inconspicuous HTML Web-based communications to issue their bot commands to the infected clients they use for their attacks. They deploy the so-called Machbot, Barracuda, and BlackEnergy bot code packages, according to the researchers.
http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=142826Storm For Rent
For nearly a year, cyber-security researchers have tracked the Storm worm as its malicious code spread across the Internet, drawing computers into a growing botnet of hijacked computers. Now, they’ve found evidence that segments of its zombie army are being rented to the highest bidder.Over the past week, researchers at Finnish security company F-secure have identified what they say is the first use of Storm’s massive “botnet”–a collection of hundreds of thousands of computers hijacked with hidden software–to steal users’ banking information.
www.forbes.com/technology/2008/01/09/storm-worm-cybercrime-tech-security-cx_ag_0109storm.html

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