By Jeremy Kirk
IDG News Service
October 25, 2010
A group of malicious hackers who attacked Twitter and the Chinese search
engine Baidu are also apparently running a for-rent botnet, according to
The so-called Iranian Cyber Army also took credit last month for an
attack on TechCrunch's European website. In that incident, the group
installed a page on TechCrunch's site that redirected visitors to a
server that bombarded their PCs with exploits in an attempt to install
Researchers with a security startup called Seculert have traced the
malicious server behind those attacks and found indications that the
Iranian Cyber Army may also be running a botnet.
They've found an administration interface where people who want to rent
the botnet can describe the machines they would like to infect and
upload their own malware for distribution by the botnet, said Aviv Raff,
CTO and co-founder of Seculert. The company runs a cloud-based service
that alerts its customers to new malware, exploits and other cyber
"You provide the number of machines and their region," Raff said. "You
then provide the malware download URL, and they will do the malware
installation for you."
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