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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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
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Monitor incoming TCP/UDP flood attack and graph it

I'm preparing a presentation on a security issue and want to include a demonstration. It won't be in real time, I just need to show some pictures of the results. I have some VPSes that will perform a ...
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How do browser injections work?

I've heard many times that malware like Zeus, SpyEye and Citadel are able to do browser injections to steal credit card data. How do they do it? how do browser "injections" work? How are they able to ...
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Malware that uses http as a covert channel

I'm working on a http traffic analyzer and I need a collection of malware, which uses http as a way to get commands and respond, to analyze their network behaviour. Is there any database of malware, ...
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Is zeus trojan really harmless?

I am confused by this page http://www.wiki-security.com/wiki/Parasite/ZeusTrojan/ I was searching info on google as I read warning article about the fact it was very sophisticated bot that steals ...
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How to attract traffic to a honeypot

I have set up a honeypot, but I am not happy with the low traffic load and I would like to trigger much higher traffic levels. What methods would attract high bot activity? These are the ideas I ...
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How secure is Stack Exchange's reputation?

I recently read an article about researchers being able to penetrate the Facebook network and making lots of friends with about 100 "Social" bots. What would prevent somebody to do the same on Stack ...
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Why was the Hail Mary Cloud named so? [closed]

The Hail Mary Cloud was a botnet that slowly and intelligently attempted to bruteforce SSH logins. Why was it dubbed the Hail Mary Cloud though?
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Block all BotNets and TOR addresses from accessing our site

I've heard that many DOS attacks and general "black hat hacking" attempts occur over the TOR network. Is it possible for me to dynamically block source IP's by their presence in a BotNet or similar ...
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How do I know if my computer is being used for a botnet-based DDoS attack?

A botnet is a collection of compromised computers, each of which is known as a 'bot', connected to the Internet. When a computer is compromised by an attacker, there is often code within the ...
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Anatomy of a Botnet takedown

So Microsoft was partly responsible for taking down the Kelihos botnet back in Sept 2011. They used a variety of legal and technical measures to do so. I don't want to get into the global politics ...
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How do researchers “gain control of an attacking PC” and not themselves be considered attackers / criminals?

In reference to this Network Computing Report article titled "'Operation Shady Rat' Perpetrated Five Years Of Long-Term Attacks On Government, Enterprises" The Cliff's Notes to the article is thus: ...
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Looking for botnet IP address feeds to protect against DDoS

I would like to get a live feed of botnet IP addresses delivered from a service and block them under certain conditions. Preferably community based/open source but open to looking at worthy commercial ...
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Statistics on purposes of viruses/malware

Are there any resources that analyze the purpose or goal or the major viruses/malware out in the wild today? For example, what percentage are used to construct botnets (for DDoS or something else)? ...
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Setup and record outbound traffic from a botnet in a sandbox/secure environment

How do I record the outbound 'attack' traffic from a botnet on a Windows XP machine? The captured traffic will be in the Windows XP firewall log. I need to setup some kind of an experiment where I ...
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Why do botnets use IRC but not a web service for communication?

IRC seems still the most prominent way for communication within botnets. Why do attackers choose IRC? In my (very naive) opinion, to set up a web service is far more easier.
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Tools to identify and report hacking attempts originating inside reputable organizations?

Re: Should I report hacking attempts? - Server Fault Lots of people look at their own logs for attacks from the outside. But who regularly reports such attacks back to the source? I'm mainly ...