Internet security has reached another new low: a botnet for hire that will perform a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against a website of your choosing. Botnets, short for robot networks, consist of many bots (read millions) which have penetrated unsuspecting users’ computers; and are controlled by cyber criminals. In this case the bots are commanded to send large numbers of transactions to the target website; so many that the website is overwhelmed and cannot perform its intended functions, and consequently goes down or is taken down by its owner…a classic DDoS attack.
Botnets for hire are not new; but up to this point, they have been used to steal information from the host computer’s storage; funds from bank accounts; the occasional DDoS; or used to send malicious email; the list goes on. Commercially and publicly available botnets for hire to attack websites is new…and just as frightening. It allows anyone with a grudge to bring down a website; anyone who wants to injure a competitor’s website; or anyone who wants to sabotage a national security website. Again, the list of possibilities goes on and on.
Dubbed the IMDDOS botnet, this “commercial” tool of destruction resides on its own website. A customer fills in order information such as the desired target website address, which of its ports should be used and credit card payment information. The “service” is hosted in China…surprise, surprise. Who’d ‘a thunk!!What we’re witnessing is another potential expansion of the number of people having access to a cyber crime weapon, just as was the case when botnets running the ZeuS banking malware were put up for hire. Ladies and gentlemen, buckle up, we’re in for a rough ride.
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