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Botnets shift from Windows towards Linux and IoT platforms

June 20, 2019 / Cyber security news, cyber-attack news, data secur

Continuous monitoring and research of botnets discovered significant changes taking place in the coding of malware used to create bots, operations, and maintenance of botnets and IP Chain-Gangs. Throughout 2018, NSFOCUS developed profiles on 82 IP Chain-Gangs, groups of bots from multiple botnets acting in concert during specific cyber-attack campaigns. Understanding botnets in general and IP Chain-Gangs, in particular, helps improve defensive strategies and, thus, the ability to better mitigate attacks. NSFOCUS detected 111,472 attack instructions from botnet families that were received by a total of 451,187 attack targets, an increase of 66.4 percent from last year.. The U.S. (47.2 percent) and China (39.78 percent) were the two worst-hit countries when it came to botnet attacks.