How do you perform on a test that checks if your device can contact a known Botnet?

How are we testing?:

This test tries to contact a known Botnet command and control server ('calling home') and download a benign file. The server is selected from Google's Safebrowsing list; real information is not sent out.


Why is this test important?:

Once a device is 'botted,' it's no longer entirely under your control - criminals can now direct it for their own purposes. 'Botted' devices might try to exfiltrate your intellectual property or credentials, infect other machines on your internal network, participate in Distributed Denial of Service attacks, email spam, spread spyware and more.


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Botnets affect millions of computers

Tens of millions of computers are taken over by botnets every year. In one example, the notorious Gameover ZeuS botnet, blamed for infecting over one million computers in 12 countries and the theft of more than $100 million worldwide, has already been revived by criminals - just five weeks after its takedown by the FBI. Source

In the News:

Stealthy Botnet with Half a Million Slaves Represents 'Major Threat' - Infosecurity Magazine

21 Jul 2017
A massive adware botnet affecting approximately half a million users has been uncovered, after managing to stay under the radar for at least the last five years, attracting very little attention to their operations. According to ESET, the Stantinko ...

Stantinko: A massive adware campaign operating covertly since 2012 - We Live Security (blog)

20 Jul 2017
Making heavy use of code encryption and rapidly adapting so as to avoid detection by anti-malware, Stantinko's operators managed to stay under the radar for at least the last five years, attracting very little attention to their operations. To infect a ...

Nearly 90000 Sex Bots Invaded Twitter in 'One of the Largest Malicious Campaigns Ever Recorded on a Social Network' - Gizmodo

17 Jul 2017
Last week, Twitter's security team purged nearly 90,000 fake accounts after outside researchers discovered a massive botnet peddling links to fake “dating” and “romance” services. The accounts had already generated more than 8.5 million posts aimed at ...

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