Posts Tagged 'botnet'

This post, the second of two parts, was written by Christiaan Beek, Raj Samani, and Shane Shook.  In our first post, we examined the evolution of the botnet. In this follow-up we will discuss a new botnet operating model that allows an attacker to get an insider’s view of infected organizations without actually being an insider—all while […]

This post, the first of two parts, was written by Raj Samani, Christiaan Beek, and Shane Shook.  Want to spread malware? One of the most effective ways is to use a botnet, a network of infected systems. The goals of botnets have barely changed since we first encountered them more than a decade ago. We […]

On October 2 at Virus Bulletin’s VB2015 conference in Prague, Virus Bulletin Editor Martijn Grooten announced that Anand Bodke, Abhishek Karnik, Sanchit Karve, and Raj Samani from McAfee Labs have won the Péter Ször Award. The award is given annually for the best piece of technical security research published during the year. Sanchit Karve accepts […]

This post was prepared with the invaluable assistance of Rakesh Sharma. In recent weeks, McAfee Labs has analyzed a recently discovered banking Trojan that combines elements from multiple malware tools. Shifu has circulated since April, and attacks primarily Japanese banks. Installation This malware arrives as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded […]

As anyone with a newsfeed will tell you, fake social media accounts have been on the rise in recent years. A recent study revealed nearly 8% of Instagram accounts are spambots. A problem for marketers, sure, but it’s even worse for you. Creating a robot network, or botnet, used to involve hacking into thousands of […]