Discovered: botnet costing display advertisers over six million dollars per month

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Discovered: botnet costing display advertisers over six million dollars per month
Botnet Chameleon
Malware
Botnet/malware group
Exploit kits
Services
Feature
Distribution vector
Target
Origin
Campaign
Operation/Working group
Vulnerability
CCProtocol
Date 2013 / 2013-03-19
Editor/Conference Spider.io
Link http://www.spider.io/blog/2013/03/chameleon-botnet www.spider.io (www.spider.io Archive copy)
Author
Type Blogpost

Abstract

In this disclosure post we report the discovery of the Chameleon botnet by spider.io. This discovery of the Chameleon botnet follows the recent take-down announcements of the Bamital botnet by Microsoft and Symantec—on February 6th of this year. Both the Chameleon botnet and the Bamital botnet have cost online advertisers millions of dollars. The Chameleon botnet is notable for the size of its financial impact: at a cost to advertisers of over 6 million dollars per month, it is at least 70 times more costly than the Bamital botnet. However, the Chameleon botnet is arguably even more notable for the fact that it is the first botnet found to be impacting display advertisers at scale (as opposed to text-link advertisers).

Bibtex

 @misc{empty2013BFR1318,
   editor = {Spider.io},
   author = {},
   title = {Discovered: botnet costing display advertisers over six million dollars per month},
   date = {19},
   month = Mar,
   year = {2013},
   howpublished = {\url{http://www.spider.io/blog/2013/03/chameleon-botnet www.spider.io}},
 }