Malware, Botnets and Ransomware
Since the turn of the century, the state of cyberwarfare and cybercrime has grown by leaps and bounds. The concepts of advanced threats, sponsored nation state organizations and highly motivated criminal organizations are relatively new, but the use of the internet and the cyber domain as a means of attack has been well established for the past 15 to even 30 years.
Just like death and taxes, the DDoS threat has reached the level of “unavoidable fact” for the day-to-day of digital businesses and operators. As an industry, the tech sector needs to take this challenge very seriously.
Who doesn’t love larger-than-life characters? Celebrities fascinate us. From laughter to tears, their performances stay in our memories, sometimes even in the form of hilarious internet memes. Unfortunately, however, all this attention also piques the interest of another group: cybercriminals.
Ransomware is a serious problem. That's why the Federal Trade Commission is holding a ransomware event on Sept. 7 in Washington, D.C.
From Microsoft's BotnetBattles event July 24, Errol Weiss, director of Citi's Cyber Intelligence Center, and Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel of Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, discussed how unique legal approaches to dismantling botnets is helping raise the cost of doing business for criminals.
In recent years, the united efforts of industry and law enforcement to take down botnets have shown how public-private cooperation can make the Internet safer. Why this approach has been so effective - and why the cybersecurity community must keep it going - was the focus of "Botnet Battles: Public-Private Efforts to Disrupt Infected Zombie Networks," a panel discussion hosted July 24 by Microsoft. The event featured keynote remarks from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism.
We recently partnered with STOP. THINK. CONNECT., StopBadware Executive Director Maxim Weinstein & ESET Security Evangelist Stephen Cobb for Twitter chat about botnets. Here's a transcript of the chat.
For the past several months, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has been working with other organizations to create the Industry Botnet Group, a voluntary group of companies, trade associations and non-profit organizations established to collaborate, share expertise and aggregate resources to combat botnets.
Botnets are networks of personal computers infected by malware and remote controlled by criminals. Botnets are used to send junk email (spam), attack websites, and distribute more malware, among other things.