Newly launched ‘HTTP-based botnet setup as a service’ empowers novice cybercriminals with bulletproof hosting capabilities

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Newly launched ‘HTTP-based botnet setup as a service’ empowers novice cybercriminals with bulletproof hosting capabilities
Botnet
Malware
Botnet/malware group
Exploit kits
Services
Feature Bullet-proof hosting
Distribution vector
Target
Origin
Campaign
Operation/Working group
Vulnerability
CCProtocol
Date 2013 / 2013-07-24
Editor/Conference Webroot
Link http://www.webroot.com/blog/2013/07/24/newly-launched-http-based-botnet-setup-as-a-service-empowers-novice-cybercriminals-with-bulletproof-hosting-capabilities/ (Archive copy)
Author Dancho Danchev
Type Blogpost

Abstract

In a series of blog posts throughout 2013, we emphasized on the lowering of the entry barriers into the world of cybercrime, largely made possible by the rise of managed services, the re-emergence of the DIY (do-it-yourself) trend, and the development of niche market segments, like the practice of setting up and offering bulletproof hosting for a novice cybercriminal’s botnet generating platform. The proliferation of these easy to use, once only found in the arsenal of tools of the sophisticated cybercriminals, tools, is the direct result of cybercrime ecosystem leaks, cracked/pirated versions, or a community-centered approach applied by their authors, who sometimes rely on basic ‘freemium’ marketing models, namely, offering a free and paid/licensed version of their cybercrime-friendly tools.

Bibtex

 @misc{Danchev2013BFR4505,
   editor = {Webroot},
   author = {Dancho Danchev},
   title = {Newly launched ‘HTTP-based botnet setup as a service’ empowers novice cybercriminals with bulletproof hosting capabilities},
   date = {24},
   month = Jul,
   year = {2013},
   howpublished = {\url{http://www.webroot.com/blog/2013/07/24/newly-launched-http-based-botnet-setup-as-a-service-empowers-novice-cybercriminals-with-bulletproof-hosting-capabilities/}},
 }