New tool enables botnet command and control via Twitter

I’ve long suspected that Twitter was secretly a method to control thoughtless drones..

Security researchers have discovered an automated toolkit that enables the user to set up a botnet using the popular micro-blogging service, Twitter as the botnet command and control platform.

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Bot herders turn to cloud-based methods

As cloud computing gains an increasing role at enterprises, cybercriminals are also turning to Web-based platforms rather than physical servers to send marching orders to hoards of bot infected computers. Last summer, Arbor Networks’ botnet expert, Jose Nazario, said Arbor is finding more cybercriminals attempting to use free storage and bandwidth offered by cloud-based services. Nazario said bot herders can also get resiliency if they set up their system effectively in addition to a certain level of anonymity.

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