Retail faces continued threat from IoT botnets

A new report from Netskope Threat Labs sheds light on the major cloud threats targeting the retail industry over the past year. The key malware families deployed by attackers were IoT botnets like Mirai, remote access tools, and infostealers aimed at stealing customer payment data and credentials.

Paolo Passeri, Cyber Intelligence Principal at Netskope, said: “It’s surprising that the retail sector still finds itself specifically targeted with botnets like Mirai as attackers...

‘Pandoraspear’ botnet hijacks smart TVs and boxes

Cybercrime syndicate Bigpanzi stands accused of orchestrating a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) botnet named 'Pandoraspear'.

Pandoraspear has reportedly infected potentially millions of smart TVs and set-top boxes, with at least 170,000 bots actively running during the campaign's peak.

The infection mechanism primarily targets Android-based smart TVs and streaming hardware, exploiting users who visit dubious streaming sites on their smartphones. Upon...

Fronton botnet can launch trending disinformation campaigns

A Russian IoT botnet known as Fronton can use inauthentic coordinated behaviour to launch disinformation trends on social media.

“Trends” on social media platforms are how many people keep updated with what’s going on in the world. There’s growing awareness of not believing everything that’s posted under a trend – especially around developing events like terror attacks – but there’s often an acceptance that it’s trending because enough real people are posting...