New Botnet Emerges in Darkness

by Kara Reeder

Darkness has been used to attack more than 100 targets.

Researchers at the Shadow Server Foundation are tracking a new botnet, dubbed Darkness, that has become one of the more active DDoS networks since its emergence last month.

According to Threat Post, researchers discovered that Darkness has been used to attack more than 100 targets, some of them being high-profile e-commerce and financial services sites.

There are two active domains hosted in Russia that are being used for command and control, greatfull-tools.ru and greatfull.ru. Ads touting DDoS-for-hire services using the Darkness botnet brag that only 30 bots are needed to take down an average size site and that as few as 1,000 bots can overwhelm a large site.

This article was originally published on Tuesday Dec 7th 2010