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Malware Hunter — Shodan's new tool to find Malware C&C Servers

Malware Hunter — Shodan's new tool to find Malware C&C Servers

May 02, 2017Mohit Kumar
Rapidly growing, insecure internet-connected devices are becoming albatross around the necks of individuals and organizations with malware authors routinely hacking them to form botnets that can be further used as weapons in DDoS and other cyber attacks. But now finding malicious servers, hosted by attackers, that control botnet of infected machines gets a bit easier. Thanks to Shodan and Recorded Future. Shodan and Recorded Future have teamed up and launched Malware Hunter – a crawler that scans the Internet regularly to identify botnet command and control (C&C) servers for various malware and botnets. Command-and-control servers ( C&C servers ) are centralized machines that control the bots ( computers, smart appliances or smartphones ), typically infected with Remote Access Trojans or data-stealing malware, by sending commands and receiving data. Malware Hunter results have been integrated into Shodan – a search engine designed to gather and list information abo
GCHQ's HACIENDA Port Scanning Program Targeting Devices in 27 Countries

GCHQ's HACIENDA Port Scanning Program Targeting Devices in 27 Countries

August 16, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Have you ever used Shodan search engine? A publicly available service crawls the Internet looking for connected devices and list their open ports, services running, system information etc. Shodan search engine is majorly used by Hackers, developers, students and anyone else with a sense of curiosity to find Internet-facing vulnerable systems with open ports and insecure mechanisms for authentication and authorization i.e. Servers, Internet-Connected Cameras, Traffic Lights, And SCADA Systems. According to latest revelation from the whistleblower Edward Snowden , British spy agency GCHQ – counterpart of NSA – apparently uses their own port scanning service to target internet-connected systems in at least 27 countries, in an attempt to potentially exploit them. In top-secret documents published by Heise on Friday, the Port-scan is a part of the “Hacienda” program which scans for open ports on all public-facing servers to find out vulnerable applications running on the
Exclusive: More than 200,000 Algerian TP-LINK Routers are vulnerable to Hackers

Exclusive: More than 200,000 Algerian TP-LINK Routers are vulnerable to Hackers

January 16, 2014Mohit Kumar
More than 15.2% of the Algerian population use Internet service which is provided by around 30 Internet Service Providers and one of the largest shares is served by Algerie Telecom .  Algerie Telecom provides  TP-LINK TD-W8951ND  Router to most of their home customers who Opt-In for Internet services and each of which has ZYXEL embedded firmware installed in it. ABDELLI Nassereddine, penetration tester and Algerian Computer Science Student has reported highly critical unauthorized access and password disclosure vulnerabilities in the Routers provided by Algerie Telecom. He told ' The Hacker News ' that the vulnerabilities can be exploited by any remote hacker just by exploiting a very simple loophole in the firmware. First, he found that an unauthorized access is available to ' Firmware/Romfile Upgrade'  Section on the Router's panel that can be accessed without any login password i.e. http://IP//rpFWUpload.html This page actually allows a user to upgrade
Coca-Cola reserved 16 Million MAC addresses to race in The Internet of Things

Coca-Cola reserved 16 Million MAC addresses to race in The Internet of Things

January 06, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Have you seen the Coca-Cola " Freestyle " soda fountain yet? Instead of levers for different sodas, you have got a touchscreen, interface like an iPad and with a Push button you can have 127 Flavors of sodas. There are more than 3,500 such machines are installed inside the world’s Burger Kings and all of them are connected to the internet, so that Coca-Cola can track inventory and making stock decisions. Last week the developer of GNU MACChanger software, Alvaro Lopez Ortega found that Coca-Cola has reserved a huge block of MAC addresses, i.e. 16 Million. These could conceivably be used in the future for tagging physical devices, Freestyle Soda machines or vending machines. Media Access Control address, a hardware address that uniquely identifies each node of a network. Every piece of hardware on your local network has a MAC address in addition to the IP address assigned to it by the local router or a server. IEEE has a Registration Authority called OUI that manages th
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