Pobelka botnet


Researchers Deconstruct Pobelka Botnet

How many inconspicuous botnets are alive and siphoning banking credentials and real money from online accounts that get little to no attention? They feast on unwitting consumers using an array of available banking Trojans to steal legitimate log-in information and sell it to the highest bidder, often with great success because they got lost in the sea of similar campaigns. Researchers at Dutch security company Fox-IT recently took apart an average botnet running amok in the Netherlands called Pobelka, a Russian word that means whitewash (perhaps a euphemism for money laundering). The analysis paints a picture of the simplicity with which even a small criminal organization can spread malware for profit, virtually unscathed.

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