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Iranian Cyber Army's plan to sell botnets increases threat level




Iranian Cyber Army's plan to sell botnets increases threat level
Iranian Cyber Army's plan to sell botnets increases threat level



http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2010/10/28/243593/Iranian-Cyber-Army39s-plan-to-sell-botnets-increases-threat.htm 

By Warwick Ashford 
ComputerWeekly.com
28 October 2010 

Hacktivist group, the Iranian Cyber Army (ICA), has announced that it 
plans to sell access to its botnets, which have been responsible for 
attacks on social networks like Twitter and the Chinese equivalent of 
Google, Baidu.

The rise of these 'hacker shops' represents a new level of threat for 
governments and businesses, with botnets now forming the backbone for 
malicious cyber activities, according to the latest research from 
Microsoft.

Some 6.5 million botnet infections were cleaned between April and June 
this year - double the number in the same period last year, the 9th 
Microsoft Security Intelligence Report revealed.

The high profile announcement by the ICA is evidence of a more 
co-ordinated effort than ever before by the hacking community to execute 
targeted attacks, said Alan Bentley, vice-president international at 
security firm Lumension.

"While this is certainly not the first case of malicious code being sold 
online, with the rise of highly complex attacks like Stuxnet and Zeus 
the online hacker shops of old seem like child's play when compared to 
this new wave of collaborative cyber warfare," he said.

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