Tag: Cybercrime

Inside a Porn-Pimping Spam Botnet

For several months I’ve been poking at a decent-sized spam botnet that appears to be used mainly for promoting adult dating sites. Having hit a wall in my research, I decided it might be good to publish what I’ve unearthed …

How computer security pros hack the hackers

The long, awkward silence is always the first sign that a previously over-confident hacker realizes he’s suddenly become the victim. It happens every time. The malicious hacker had been firing his “ion cannon” at my network address trying to overwhelm …

FireEye 2.0: Cyberhumans as a Service

FireEye went public as a security appliance vendor in September of 2013. Three months later, in December of 2013, they dropped about $1 billion to acquire privately held Mandiant, a leading data breach and incident response firm at the time. …

Digital gold: why hackers love Bitcoin

The WannaCry ransomware attackers demanded payment in the cryptocurrency. But its use in the ‘clean’ economy is growing, too, and could revolutionise how we use money In March 2009, representatives of crime agencies including MI6 and the FBI, as well …