A spam botnet that has been used for promoting adult dating sites is being researched by cybersecurity website Krebs On but has hit a firewall and published its research to find out if other researchers are studying it.
In a report, Krebs On Security said in late October 2016 that an unnamed source shared a list of close to 100 URLS that when loaded into Firefox displayed what looks like a panel aimed at reporting how many bots were reporting to work.
The report said that last year that botnet had more than 1.2 million zombie servers or computers reporting each day, but these days it’s declined to between 50,000 and 100,000.
The botnet, noted Krebs On Security, apparently is prompting an endless network of adult data sites that are connected to only two companies: Cyber Erotica and Deniro Marketing, LLC (a.k.a. The report noted that what isn’t typical about the botnet is that the reporting panels are still showing data via real-time updates about the size and status of the machine.
The misuse of legitimate services continue as after recent reports of cybercriminals exploitng the redirecting service Tiny URL to slip past spam filters, legitimate e-card services are now being used.
We have received email samples that arrive as ecards with the subject header “Regards From Secret Admirer”.
Back in October, it wasn’t clear how many botnets were being used, but the number of bots have appeared to dwindle by a lot since then.
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Their profile image is then changed to a photograph of a woman and then attackers upload photographs, which are often sexually suggestive.
Interestingly, they do not delete any images uploaded by the account owner.