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14 May 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Twitter-controlled botnets come to the unwashed masses

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A security researcher has unearthed a tool that simplifies the process of building bot armies that take their marching orders from specially created Twitter accounts.
TwitterNet Builder offers script kiddies a point-type-and-click interface that forces infected PCs to take commands from a Twitter account under the control of attackers. Bot herders can then force the zombies to carry out denial-of-service attacks or silently download and install software with the ease of their Twitter-connected smartphones.

"All in all, a very slick tool and no doubt script kiddies everywhere are salivating over the prospect of hitting a website with a DDoS from their mobile phones," Christopher Boyd, a researcher with anti-virus provider Sunbelt Software, writes here.


Alas, TwitterNet Builder requires accounts to be public, so spotting people who use the software is fairly straightforward. A quick search revealed accounts here, here and here that appeared to be using the DIY kit, although it appeared these might be harmless demonstrations rather than brazen attacks.
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Twitter-controlled botnets come to the unwashed masses ? The Register


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14 May 2010   #2
reventon

Windows 7 x64, Windows XP SP3, Fedora
 
 

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Twitter-controlled botnets come to the unwashed masses
You know, I could tell that you had linked an article from The Register even before I clicked on it! Their choice of headlines is... unique.
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14 May 2010   #3
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

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Twitter-controlled botnets come to the unwashed masses
You know, I could tell that you had linked an article from The Register even before I clicked on it! Their choice of headlines is... unique.
Hello reventon & welcome to Seven Forums. We are pleased to have you here.

I note your badge on TSF below....

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14 May 2010   #4
reventon

Windows 7 x64, Windows XP SP3, Fedora
 
 

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Twitter-controlled botnets come to the unwashed masses
You know, I could tell that you had linked an article from The Register even before I clicked on it! Their choice of headlines is... unique.
Hello reventon & welcome to Seven Forums. We are pleased to have you here.

I note your badge on TSF below....

Thanks, I decided to see if I could help out here too. Things run a bit differently here I see.. trying to get used to the concept of "reputation"
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14 May 2010   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

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You know, I could tell that you had linked an article from The Register even before I clicked on it! Their choice of headlines is... unique.
Hello reventon & welcome to Seven Forums. We are pleased to have you here.

I note your badge on TSF below....

Thanks, I decided to see if I could help out here too. Things run a bit differently here I see.. trying to get used to the concept of "reputation"
Your help will be appreciated.
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