Cybercriminals frustrated with botnet trackers

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Mar 10, 2011

Drastic measures discussed by users of online forum.

Russian cybercriminals are willing to go to great lengths to frustrate services that hinder botnets created with the ZeuS and SpyEye exploit kits, according to security journalist Brian Krebs.

Krebs managed to gain access to an exclusive Russian language forum that caters to cybercriminals. The forum's users have been venting their frustration about the work of Roman Hüssy, a Swiss computer expert, who created the ZeusTracker and SpyEye Tracker websites which track the botnets' command and control (C&C) servers. The two tracking services provide blacklists that can be used by system administrators to block access to the C&C servers from their systems.

Unsurprisingly, Hüssy's work has proved unpopular with the botnet operators and his tracking sites have recently suffered from various DDoS attacks. But with no lasting or 'satisfactory' effect from these attacks, the users of the forum are becoming increasingly frustrated and have been discussing more drastic measures.

One forum member even suggested hiring a hitman, and another suggested poisoning Hüssy with the lethal organic mercury. However, most of the discussion concentrates on technical measures. One suggestion was to add the URLs of legitimate websites to the botnets' configuration files, thus hoping to trick the trackers into listing these on their blacklists, making them less useful. However, when told about this idea, Hüssy laughed and said his trackers would not list sites simply because they were mentioned in the config files.

More at Brian Krebs's blog here, which also contains screenshots with translations of the forum discussions. The ZeuS and SpyEye trackers can be found here and here, respectively.

Posted on 10 March 2011 by Virus Bulletin



Latest posts:

VB2018 paper: Lazarus Group: a mahjong game played with different sets of tiles

The Lazarus Group, generally linked to the North Korean government, is one of the most notorious threat groups seen in recent years. At VB2018 ESET researchers Peter Kálnai and Michal Poslušný presented a paper looking at the group's various…

Book your VB2019 ticket now for a chance to win a ticket for BSides London

Virus Bulletin is proud to sponsor this year's BSides London conference, which will take place next week, and we have a number of tickets to give away.

First 11 partners of VB2019 announced

We are excited to announce the first 11 companies to partner with VB2019, whose support will help ensure a great event.

VB2018 paper: Fake News, Inc.

A former reporter by profession, Andrew Brandt's curiosity was piqued when he came across what appeared at first glance to be the website of a small-town newspaper based in Illinois, but under scrutiny, things didn’t add up. At VB2018 he presented a…

Paper: Alternative communication channel over NTP

In a new paper published today, independent researcher Nikolaos Tsapakis writes about the possibilities of malware using NTP as a covert communication channel and how to stop this.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.