Monday, December 10, 2012

Skynet botnet uses Tor network for anonymity

Recently, researchers have figured out a botnet which is controlled by its creators over the Tor anonymity network. Tor - a system enabling its users to communicate anonymously on the Internet. Pentesting firm Rapid7 believes that other botnet might follow this approach. The botnet is called Skynet and can be used to launch DDoS attacks, generate Bitcoins -- a type of virtual currency -- using the processing power of graphics cards installed in infected computers, download and execute arbitrary files or steal login credentials for websites, including online banking ones.

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