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Originally designed as neutral entities, computerized bots are increasingly being used maliciously by online criminals in mass spamming events, fraud, extortion, identity theft, and software theft. Malicious Bots: An Inside Look into the Cyber-Criminal Underground of the Internet explores the rise of dangerous bots and exposes the nefarious methods of "botmasters". This valuable resource assists information security managers in understanding the scope, sophistication, and criminal uses of bots. With sufficient technical detail to empower IT professionals, this volume provides in-depth coverage of the top bot attacks against financial and government networks over the last several years. The book presents exclusive details of the operation of the notorious Thr34t Krew, one of the most malicious bot herder groups in recent history. Largely unidentified by anti-virus companies, their bots spread globally for months, launching massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and warez (stolen software distributions). For the first time, this story is publicly revealed, showing how the botherders got arrested, along with details on other bots in the world today.
Unique descriptions of the criminal marketplace - how criminals make money off of your computer - are also a focus of this exclusive book! With unprecedented detail, the book goes on to explain step-by-step how a hacker launches a botnet attack, providing specifics that only those entrenched in the cyber-crime investigation world could possibly offer. Authors Ken Dunham and Jim Melnick serve on the front line of critical cyber-attacks and countermeasures as experts in the deployment of geopolitical and technical bots. Their work involves advising upper-level government officials and executives who control some of the largest networks in the world. By examining the methods of Internet predators, information security managers will be better able to proactively protect their own networks from such attacks.
iSIGHT Partners, Inc., Dallas, Texas, USA iSIGHT Patners, Dallas, Texas, USA
Introduction to Bots Thr34t Security Krew and the TK Worm The Investigation of the Thr34t Krew - Lance Mueller First DYNDNS Account (BestIce) Second DYNDNS Account (Phreeze) Third DYNDNS Account (d00m) Seth Fogie Help with Technical Details A Trip Across the Pond Sitexec DiSice XaNith Sitexec Second Search Warrant Sweep Jadaka Mr40 Thr34t Krew Investigation Concluding Comments Demonstration: How a Hacker Launches a Botnet Attack Step 1: Find, Modify, and Build a Bot Step 2: Customize the Binary for Attack Step 3: Launch the Attack Step 4: Managing the Botherd Step 5: Payloads, with an Emphasis on "Pay" Introduction to the Use of Botnets in Criminal Activity Timeline Bots: A Pathway to Criminalization of the Information Age Bots: The Integrated Business Solution for Criminals "Botmasters" Who Were Caught International Botnet Task Force Conferences Operation "Bot Roast" I and II How Big Do Botnets Need to Be to Pose a Serious Threat? Peering Inside the IRC Botnet Post-IRC-Based Bots Botnet Attack Statistics Botnet Features and the Criminal Enterprise A Modular Approach to Botnets: A Major Aid to Criminals Granular Spreading Capabilities A "Service Bot" The Degradation Feature of Botnets and Its Impact on Criminal Activity Changes in the Management of Botherds Botherds through the Eyes of a Criminal Mind Criminal Vectors Utilizing Bots Theft of Sensitive Information DDoS Attacks and Extortion Bot for Rent or Hire Spam Spam Bots and Criminalization Pump-and-Dump Fraud Covert Communications Click Fraud and Affiliate Abuse Adware Abuse Taking Out the Competition Botnets and the eCrime Cycle: The iSIGHT Partners' Approach Technical Introduction to Bots Common Ports Command and Control Strategies IRC C&C Peer-to-Peer C&C Web-Based C&C Use of Encryption or Obfuscation Types of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks Introduction to Selected Bots Mitigation Glossary Bibliography
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