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Russian malware victimizes clueless would-be hackers

Russian malware victimizes clueless would-be hackers
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OK, Russian hackers who are undoubtedly watching my site, I'll even give you a security tip. While many of the latest security threats to your computers have been coming from the Russian federation, even the Russian hackers themselves aren't safe. Or Russia's Prime Minister, either.

The latest socially-engineered Trojan targets Russian nationalism. The target receives an email that claims to have malware that will disrupt American computer systems as punishment for the economic sanctions we've placed on Russia.

Users click a link and are directed to the site that has the "hackware" available for download. What the would-be hackers actually download, though, is a modified version of 2012's Kelihos botnet. I've covered plenty of botnets recently, but Kelihos is a peer-to-peer botnet that relies entirely on the user installing the software.

A peer-to-peer botnet means that the computers that the Trojan has enslaved can be commanded from any number of sources. Botnets like Kelihos are much harder to take down as a result, and only users with powerful anti-virus software can keep themselves safe.

The hackers have become the hacked.

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Source: The Register
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