ICSA Labs Blog: botnet

Exposing IoT Weaknesses - Before your consumer products unwittingly join a malicious DDoS Botnet

The Mirai botnet was used to carry out a DDoS attack in late October against one of the Internet’s domain name service (DNS) providers, Dyn, resulting in an Internet disruption for many.  It wasn’t the first time this botnet, comprised of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, was used in a DDoS attack.  Other earlier uses of the Mirai botnet were similarly successful in late September 2016.

Dip in ICSA Labs’ Spam May be Due to Rustock Takedown

Several media outlets are reporting that the massive Rustock botnet, considered by many to be one of the world’s largest generators of spam, was taken down Wednesday, March 16 just before 11 AM EDT (3 PM GMT), resulting in a significant spam decrease.