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Rapidly changing, potent IoT botnet spotted- 30 versions in three months: - SC Magazine UK

Rapidly changing, potent IoT botnet spotted- 30 versions in three months: - SC Magazine UK


Rapidly changing, potent IoT botnet spotted- 30 versions in three months: - SC Magazine UK

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 08:00 AM PDT

A new IoT botnet discovered by Bitdefender researchers has features and capabilities that can potentially be used for DDoS attacks by recruiting IoT devices and striking various infrastructure networks. More and more home IoT devices are being connected to organisational networks as people across the globe work from home, increasing the potency of the botnet.

The botnet was caught in a honeypot operated by Bitdefender, said the company's threat research and reporting director Bogdan Botezatu. It uses a DDoS tactic that disguises traffic as innocuous browser-generated traffic. 

Spotted in December 2019, the botnet has had frequent updates, with 30 versions recorded in its three months of existence. Each binary contains a helpful versioning string, leading to the name "dark_nexus".

"We tend to name malware based on strings that are present inside the binary files we analyse. In this case, the string "dark_nexus" is present in a message that it prints in its banner message, so we thought this string is specific enough and does not infringe on any recommendations in the CARO naming scheme," Botezatu told SC Media UK.

"The botnet scans the internet for vulnerable devices and attempts to hijack them using specific techniques. This is a botnet that undergoes heavy development - the operators are improving their tactics to hijack vulnerable devices and, if our assumptions about attribution are correct, its developer is a skilled bot-master with quite some experience behind." Dark_nexus has the marks of being created by a commercial threat actor that has quite a history with developing IoT malware, making it easier to deduce who the maker could be, said Botezatu.   

"Using YouTube videos demoing some of his past work and posting offerings on various cyber-criminal forums, greek.Helios seems to have experience with IoT malware skills, honing them to the point of developing the new dark_nexus botnet."

The damage this IoT botnet made till date is hard to assess, as DDoS attacks can only be traced back to IP addresses that are fixed, said Botezatu. 

"However, most ISPs across the world allocate dynamic IPs so victims' visibility into DDoS attacks is really low. We presume that this botnet is in the growth phase and most likely, the attacker saves big DDoS attempts for a later time."

The bot client is cross-compiled for 12-CPU architectures, giving it the capacity to infect a wide variety of devices including routers, digital video recorders (DVRs) and surveillance cameras. The most recent versions of the botnet also inject a SOCKSv5 proxy on the compromised systems, allowing attackers to route malicious traffic via them in addition to abusing them in DDoS attacks. 

Although smaller in range with hardly 1200 devices, these features give the botnet immense damaging potential. Another prominent feature was its striking similarity to popular botnet Mirai, which helped Bitdefender deduce the possible creator of the botnet.

In 2016 Mirai made major websites inaccessible in the US, after a company that was managing crucial parts of the internet's infrastructure was under attack. Users reported problems reaching several websites.

Masahiro Yamada, associate vice-president, threat research at CYFIRMA, previously told SC Media UK that several campaigns recently targeted internet-facing systems using customised Mirai bots. 

"In their recent campaigns, we identified evidence suggesting (Chinese threat group)  MISSION2025 using customised Mirai bot to target Linux systems including network devices and IoT devices. The attack included bruteforce against telnet and SSH and also vulnerabilities exploits against DSL modems and GPON routers, D-Link and Netgear, Huawei routers, and Realtek SDK," he said. 

GLOBAL PARENTAL CONTROL SOFTWARE MARKET Growth Factors and Major Applications | AT&T, BITDEFENDER, WEBROOT INC., ALPHABET INC., CONTENT WATCH HOLDINGS - Science In Me

Posted: 13 Apr 2020 03:13 AM PDT

This Parental Control Software report gives better business ideas and solutions with respect to the ICT industry in terms of product trends, marketing strategy, future products, new geographical markets, future events, sales strategies, customer actions or behaviors. This Parental Control Software market insights acquired through this market research report facilitates a more defined understanding of the market landscape, issues that may interrupt in the future, and ways to position-specific brand brilliantly. This Parental Control Software market studies, insights, and analysis conducted in this Parental Control Software market research report keep the marketplace clearly into the focus which helps achieve business goals. This Parental Control Software market report presents you with numerous insights and business solutions that will help to stay ahead of the competition.

Global parental control software market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 10.2% in the forecast period of 2019 to 2026.

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Prominent Market Players: Parental Control Software Market

Some of the major players operating in this market are AT&T, Bitdefender, Webroot Inc., Alphabet Inc., Content Watch Holdings, Inc., Verizon, McAfee, LLC., AO Kaspersky Lab, Qustodio LLC, CLEAN ROUTER – ULTIMATE PARENTAL CONTROLS, T-Mobile USA, INC , Cisco System Inc., Avast Software s.r.o., Symantec Corporation , Netsanity, Inc., BullGuard, Mobicip.LLC, Salfeld Computer GmbH, Refog  and KidsWatch Inc among others.

"Product Definition"

Parental control software enables parents to set internet usage control for their children. This prevents children from accessing inappropriate online content via smartphones, tablets and computers among others.  Parental control software is located on Vista's control panel from where a user can access an account and can monitor their children's activity or behaviour. This helps to create a customized checklist to set parental control on each device especially for family users. There are various types of parental control such as network level, device level and application controls. It is mainly used in homes, schools and commercial areas.

Key Developments in the Market:

In December 2018, WEBROOT INC. received ISO 27001 certification for security and data protection. This helps the company offering the greatest safety standard. This standard is received when the product meets all the requirements relating to implementation, maintenance, establishment by continually improving an information security management system. Thus, ISO certification will strengthen company safety position along with focused dedication towards client's offering with the greatest level of protection

In November 2018, AT&T launched an app called Secure Family that helps to manage parental control features such as time limits for social media, location tracking accuracy and content filtering related to age appropriate setting. It also provides upgraded version that has 10 lines for USD 7.99 per month This will help the company in providing secure and safe app to its customer as a result it will help in increasing the customer

In October 2018, Bitdefender acquired the Netherlands based company known as RedSocks Security BV for enhancing and expanding its product portfolio. This will assist companies in expanding Bitdefender's portfolio and addressable market in the region of network safety and analytics in strategic investment and mark another step on their continuous growth path

The 2020 Annual Parental Control Software Market offers:

=> 100+ charts exploring and analyzing the Parental Control Software market from critical angles including retail forecasts, consumer demand, production and more
=> 10+ profiles of top Parental Control Software producing states, with highlights of market conditions and retail trends
=> Regulatory outlook, best practices, and future considerations for manufacturers and industry players seeking to meet consumer demand
=> Benchmark wholesale prices, market position, plus prices for raw materials involved in Parental Control Software type

Key Segmentation: Parental Control Software Market

By Device Type (Smart Phones, Computers, Tablets, Digital Television, Others), Solution Provider (Software Developer, ISP, Carrier, Hardware Developer), Function Type (Time Management, Gaming, App Management, Web Access, Program-Specific Control, Cyber Security, Others), Deployment Model (On-Premise,  Cloud Based), Operating System (Android, IOS, Windows, Linux, MAC OS, Others), End-User (Educational Institutions, Residential, Commercial),

Key Regions and Countries Studied in this report:

Regions North America South & Central America Europe Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa
Countries United States Argentina United Kingdom China Saudi Arabia
  Canada Chile Germany Japan UAE
  Mexico Brazil France India Turkey
  Italy, Spain, NORDIC {Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark etc}, and Russia Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea Egypt and South Afric

Rapid Business Growth Factors

In addition, the market is growing at a fast pace and the report shows us that there are a couple of key factors behind that. The most important factor that's helping the market grow faster than usual is the tough competition.

Some extract from Table of Contents

Overview of Global Parental Control Software Market

Parental Control Software Size (Sales Volume) Comparison by Type

Parental Control Software Size (Consumption) and Market Share Comparison by Application

Parental Control Software Size (Value) Comparison by Region

Parental Control Software Sales, Revenue and Growth Rate

Parental Control Software Competitive Situation and Trends

Strategic proposal for estimating availability of core business segments

Players/Suppliers, Sales Area

Analyze competitors, including all important parameters of Parental Control Software

Global Parental Control Software Manufacturing Cost Analysis

The most recent innovative headway and supply chain pattern mapping

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