New DDoS Botnet called WireX discovered
New DDoS Botnet called WireX discovered. Security researchers from various security companies have discovered a new botnet that contains thousands of hacked Android devices. The botnet is called WireX, identified as “Click Fraud” the botnet network fundamentally contains infected Android devices running one of the hundreds of malicious apps installed from Google Play Store and is intended to conduct huge DDoS attacks. New DDoS Botnet called WireX discovered.
WireX botnet had already infected thousands of Android devices earlier this month, and on 17th August, security researchers detected a huge DDoS attack (HTTP GET requests) originated from infected mobile devices around the world.
New DDoS Botnet called WireX discovered.
Chad Seaman, a senior engineer at Akamai said:
“I know in the cases where we pulled data out of our platform for the people being targeted we saw 130,000 to 160,000 (unique Internet addresses) involved in the attack”
If you suffered a DDoS attack, check for the following pattern of User-Agent series to verify if it was WireX botnet:
“The best thing that organizations can do when under a DDoS attack is to share detailed metrics related to the attack. With this information, those of us who are empowered to dismantle these schemes can learn much more about them than would otherwise be possible.” New DDoS Botnet called WireX discovered.
In computing, a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) is a cyber-attack where the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet. Denial of service is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine or resource with superfluous requests in an attempt to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled.
In a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack), the incoming traffic flooding the victim originates from many different sources. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single source. New DDoS Botnet called WireX discovered.
A DoS or DDoS attack is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door or gate to a shop or business, and not letting legitimate parties enter into the shop or business, disrupting normal operations.
Criminal perpetrators of DoS attacks often target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers such as banks or credit card payment gateways. Revenge, blackmail and activism can motivate these attacks.