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One of the Most Widely Used Hacking Tools of Today: the Malnets

It is now a well known fact that online criminals, or cybercriminals as they are popularly known as, shift from one tool to another for the purpose of online hacking for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is that online security vendors try to anticipate or identify trends and release regular updates that counter the anticipated or identified line of attacks. By constantly switching from one tool to another, the online criminals will ensure that they evade detection as long as possible.

Also, users are very careful about their computers and other devices with which they connect to the internet. From ensuring that they stop cookies/tracking online, they will keep a close eye on the general behavior of the system. If anything seems suspicious, they will immediately start taking counter measures as they know the risks involved. By adopting different techniques, online criminals ensure that there is a novelty factor to their mode of attack.

Keeping in mind this trend, online security vendors have two primary focus points in their development cycle. One is to develop countermeasures to the known potentially dangerous software, and the other is to find the newest popular tool of the hackers. According to the latest reports, the newest tool on the block is Malnets.

What Are Malnets?

Malnets are a class of potentially dangerous software that is used primarily on the server side of the IT infrastructure. According to the known facts, the Malnets are responsible for infecting all the computers that are connected to a particular server. This is a very ingenious way of planting malicious software, or infecting, the victims. Since all the computers connected to a server are infected, the job is carries out on a large scale and hence, will be very effective. Another job of Malnets is to control botnets. Botnets are the malicious software that Malnets use to infect all the target computers. With botnets, the malnets have a way of controlling a network of computers and using the whole network for their activities.

The Latest Report On Malnets

A leading hardware proxy appliance manufacturer, Blue Coat Systems, conducted a survey recently which tried to point out the latest tools that online criminals are using for their activities. According to the company, online hackers are not tripling down on the infrastructure they require to maintain infected PCs and controlling the botnets. This is why the new found obsession on Malnets.

‘The Vicious Cycle Of Malnets’

The report that the company has prepared is titled ‘The Vicious Cycle of Malnets’ to emphasize the point that Malnets are indeed being used in high numbers. A senior associate from Blue Coat Systems, Tim Van Der Horst, said that the number of malnets the company has been tracking has increased from 500 to 1,500 in the past 12 months only. This is a very huge number considering that over the years, the company had managed to track down and keep a tab on only 500 malnets.

Shnakule, the Largest Known Malnet

The company has also revealed the largest known malnet, Shnakule in its report. That particular malnet uses in excess of 5,000 hosts for its devious plots and the operators can increase the number depending on the capability they require. Horst also said that this malnet is capable of almost all lines of attacks including fake Firefox updates, work from home opportunities, porn, fake software, etc. The whole network is managed by a single gang of cybercriminals and they have a high degree of control over it. The report also highlights a few other malnets that the company has come to be aware of. These numbers and data show that malnets are indeed the latest malicious software that we should be wary of.

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