30 Oct '12, 8pm

ZeroAccess Botnet Cashing in on Click Fraud and Bitcoin Mining

A mid-year switch in communication protocol and distribution strategy is behind a spike in activity from the ZeroAccess botnet, a prolific and malicious ad click fraud network. Researchers at Kindsight Security Lab reported today that ZeroAccess accounts for 29 percent of home network infections in the third quarter, up significantly from previous measurements, said Kevin McNamee, security architect and Kindsight Security Labs director. “At the middle of the year it changed from a TCP-based peer-to-peer botnet to one that uses UDP,” McNamee said. “Its mechanisms for ad click fraud also changed. The people running this botnet have been more aggressive about its distribution through affiliate channels. They’re making a lot of money I would guess.” Editor's Pick Flashback Creators May Be Raking in $10K a Day Two Million Requests from Infected Systems In Week After Ghost Click...

Full article: http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/zeroaccess-botnet-cashi...

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