For service providers undergoing digital transformation, the importance of subscriber and network protection cannot be understated. When subscribers and networks are at risk of attack or infection, a provider’s digital strategy is weakened and business growth limited.
This story has been told thousands of times before – a botnet is born, a botnet goes down, a botnet tries to get its bots back together. But the story of Necurs is unique.
Europol recently took control of the ramnit botnet in order to disrupt more than 3.2 million infections around the world. Ramnit is a sophisticated bot that appeared in 2010 and spread quickly. It enables remote access to infected machines and can steal files and credentials. It can also monitor web browsing and even use stolen website cookies to impersonate victims. Internet users are nearly always unaware they have been infected by malware and usually not well equipped to deal with infections even when they are made aware. It is also not realistic to expect all bots will be taken down, in fact the reverse is true, few bots are.
Nominum analyzed customer data from around the world to find the top cyber threats ranked by degree of infection. The result was a mix of new and modern bots, and legacy bots.