The cyber crooks behind the Kelihos botnet are, once again, trying to swell the number of computers included in it.
It's already widely known that the Gameover Zeus gang, whose activity has been temporarily foiled by a successful multi-national law enforcement takedown in June, is trying to regain lost ground.
The Cisco 2014 Midyear Security Report, released today at Black Hat, examines the “weak links” in organizations - outdated software, bad code, abandoned digital properties, or user errors - that contribute to the adversary’s ability to exploit vulnerabilities with methods such as DNS queries, exploit kits, amplification attacks, point-of-sale (POS) system compromise, malvertising, ransomware, infiltration of encryption protocols, social engineering and “life event” spam.
A new malware that researchers have dubbed Mayhem is being used to target Linux and Unix web servers and has so far compromised over 1,400 Linux and FreeBSD servers around the world, warn researchers from Russian Internet giant Yandex.
"According to industry estimates, botnets have caused over $9 billion in losses to US victims and over $110 billion in losses globally.