What if your business was hacked and you had no way to stop it?
That’s what a group of researchers have found.
They call it the botnet exploit.
They call it a bot, and they say it’s so common that it’s almost an industry term.
And it’s getting easier.
This week, the bot community announced that they have released the first ever BotnetExploit kit.
It’s a free botnet, and it’s for Windows.
The developers say it works by simply downloading and installing an exploit kit and running it on your machine.
The botnet is essentially a collection of computers connected by a TCP/IP connection.
They communicate using a variety of tools to launch attacks on the victim.
In short, it’s a worm, a Trojan horse, or a malicious file that is injected into the victim’s machine.
A botnet can be very effective, but the bot developers warn that if it is too easy to exploit, it can lead to very serious security problems.
“A bot that is too difficult to defeat can allow a sophisticated attacker to gain remote access to vulnerable machines and gain access to data stored on those machines,” the developers write in the developer blog.
“In the worst case scenario, an attacker may gain access even after the victim has deleted all traces of the bot.
This is because the bot can continue to operate on the machines after the exploit is removed.”
The team has been working with a team of researchers at Cisco and McAfee in the US, who have been testing out the bot, in order to help others protect themselves.
As the creators of the kit explain:”We’re building a bot that exploits Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
The bot can run on any platform, including Windows, Linux, and Windows 10.”
This is the first time we have seen a toolkit released by a bot community, and the creators are hoping that the bot will be adopted by others to protect themselves and their data.
The Botnet Exploit kit is free to download, and if you want to test it out, you can download the executable from the bot’s website and run it on a computer.
The bot uses several different exploits, but one of them is the Windows exploit, and that’s the one we’ve highlighted in the image above.
It works by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows system.
“This vulnerability allows an attacker to run a specially crafted program on the target computer.
The attacker can execute arbitrary code and cause the target to execute arbitrary commands,” the Botnet exploit kit warns.”
The attacker may be able to remotely exploit the vulnerability by sending commands to the victim computer via a specially constructed command-and-control (C&C) message.
The command-line tools used to run the exploit can be found on the Internet.”
So how do you stop this exploit from working?
The creators of this bot say they’ve discovered two different ways to block the attack.
One is using an “execution sandbox” that blocks the command- and-control injection, and prevents the attacker from executing commands.
“An execution sandbox can be used to protect an individual computer from the full range of malicious code, as well as to protect multiple computers from the same attack,” the botkit warns.
Another way to prevent the bot from running on your system is to block certain processes from running, by using an exclusion rule.
“We can also block certain programs and services that have the capability to use the process, file, or network privileges of an individual machine, to limit the risk that they may be used by the bot,” the kit warns, adding that this can be useful for certain kinds of malware.
If you have a Windows PC and are trying to run this exploit on it, you’ll have to download and run the executable.
And if you’re using Macs, you need to make sure you’re running Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later.
In summary, the BotNet Exploit Kit is a free toolkit for the bot exploit community, which can be downloaded here.
Source: Botnet Exploits, developers and McAfee