By Warwick Ashford
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
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
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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