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Y0ur P@ssw0rd S*cks: What is a botnet?

Should you be worried about botnets and how can you protect against them?

On Aug 15, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Twitter verified a number of bot accounts—raising questions about security (updated)

Six users with fake profile pics were seemingly verified less than one month after being created.

On Jul 12, 2021 by Mikael Thalen

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The botnet that broke the internet in 2016 was built for Minecraft

The Mirai botnet is now one of the most feared malware in existence.

On Dec 14, 2017 by Phillip Tracy

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The internet is freaking out after troll hijacks 150,000 printers, prints strange messages

Check if your printer is vulnerable. It probably is.

On Feb 7, 2017 by Phillip Tracy

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One of the longest living email-spam botnets is dead

Ukranian Cyber Police are conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into the malware.

On Apr 7, 2016 by Patrick Howell O’Neill

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Hacker who tried to get a U.S. journalist busted for heroin pleads guilty to botnet conspiracy

It’s a strong argument for never framing a journalist who’s smarter than you with Bitcoin-purchased heroin.

On Jan 21, 2016 by Kevin Collier

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Anonymous accused of running a botnet using thousands of hacked home routers

Go change your home router password now.

On May 12, 2015 by Patrick Howell O’Neill

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FBI and Europol bring down ‘shapeshifting’ Beebone botnet

If you get an email from your ISP, you’ve been infected.

On Apr 9, 2015 by JC Sevcik

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Don’t get caught in a phishing scam this holiday season

You should always be on alert—especially now.

On Dec 4, 2014 by Selena Larson

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The black market for Chinese cybercrime is booming

The prices are cheaper and the tools are better than ever before.

On Sep 4, 2014 by Patrick Howell O’Neill

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FBI marks Russian Evgeniy Bogachev as author of Gameover Zeus botnet

Finally, a crackdown on the scourge of Russian boater-hackers.

On Jun 3, 2014 by Kevin Collier

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The next big cyberattack could be launched from your fridge

Criminals have compromised your crisper.

On Jan 17, 2014 by Miles Klee

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Amazon hosts more malware than any other Internet service provider

Thieves use the company’s domains to shop for your private data.

On Jan 16, 2014 by Miles Klee

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Microsoft partners with FBI to take down nefarious botnet

When it came to its own bottom line, the tech giant got in bed with the government.

On Dec 6, 2013 by Miles Klee

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2 million hacked usernames and passwords discovered in a massive online dump

Wanna guess how many passwords were “password”?

On Dec 4, 2013 by Kevin Collier

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