BOTNET

  • Hackers turning Android smartphones, tablets into slave armies November 21, 2014

    San Francisco: Mobile security firm Lookout warned that Android-powered smartphones or tablets are being targeted with malicious software that puts them at the mercy of hacker overlords. The persistence and sophistication of malware dubbed NotCompatible is another sign that cyber criminals are hitting smartphones and tablets with tactics and tenacity once...
  • NSA 'hijacked' criminal botnets as a resource for spying March 13, 2014

    San Francisco: While US law enforcement agencies have long tried to stamp out networks of compromised computers used by cyber criminals, the National Security Agency has been hijacking the so-called botnets as a resource for spying. The NSA has "co-opted" more than 140,000 computers since August 2007 for the purpose of...
  • Cyber security market may reach $870 mn by 2017: Report March 31, 2013

    Mumbai: Global market for cyber security solutions may grow to USD 870 million by 2017, says research firm IDC. Cybercriminals use thousands of networked computers (botnets) to 'jam' a website by directing excessive traffic to it, causing it to crash. Such attacks are often termed as...
  • FBI targets two 'scareware' rings in US, Europe June 23, 2011

    Washington: Police in the United States and seven other countries seized computers and servers used to run a "scareware" scheme that has netted more than $72 million from victims tricked into buying fake antivirus software. Twentytwo computers and servers were seized in the United States and 25 others in France, Germany,...
  • US shuts down massive cyber theft ring April 14, 2011

    Washington/Boston: US authorities claimed one of their biggest victories against cyber crime as they shut down a ring they said used malicious software to take control of more than 2 million PCs around the world, and may have led to theft of more than $100 million. A computer virus, dubbed Coreflood,...
  • Microsoft takes down spam email network March 18, 2011

    Seattle: Microsoft Corp claimed credit on Thursday for taking down one of the biggest producers of spam email in a joint effort with federal authorities across the United States. The world's biggest software company said its legal action against the operator of the Rustock 'botnet' or network of infected computers...