Botnet attack via P2P software


P2P networks have long been a legal gray area, used for various spam schemes, illegal filesharing, and lots and lots of adware. Last year, though, the first botnet created by a worm distributed via P2P software surfaced, the work of 19-year-old [Jason Michael Milmont] of Cheyenne, Wyoming, who distributed his Nugache Worm by offering free downloads of the P2P app Limewire with the worm embedded. He later began distributing it using bogus MySpace and Photobucket links shared via chats on AOL Instant Messenger. The strategy proved effective, as the botnet peaked with around 15,000 bots. [Milmont] has plead guilty to the charges against him. Per his plea agreement, he will pay $73,000 in restitution and may serve up to five years in prison.

Comments

  1. Yuffie says:

    Not a hack.

    (ok, hacking jokes notwithstanding, stop posting this crap. it’s a virus distributed over downloads of limewire, not even over p2p networks. a few more of these posts a day and i won’t even be reading this blog anymore.)

  2. thompson71515@mint.us.to says:

    hey, i have a hack.

    mintemail.com automatically confirms your comments for you, so write a script to query what domain they’re using so you never have to click those annoying confirm links again!

    i should become a spammer.

  3. erik says:

    down with juan, PLEASE.

    please!

  4. bolle says:

    Yeah, stop this crap on hackaday. If can find these kind of posts on any blog.

  5. userjjb says:

    If you’re whiny and you know it, clap your hands:

    http://www.hackaday.com/category/daily/

  6. miked says:

    @userjjb – nice try. that link still has crap in it. “the physical value of sound” as presented is art. no details were given on the hardware.

  7. stanky leg says:

    Can you provide more information on this? I was looking for this additional information, just bookmarked to check out the updates ;)

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