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  • This talk is botnet-focused; other types of malware and criminal activity are not covered or only touched upon, such as use of exploit packs, the details of carding and phishing, and actions by hacktivists and state-supported actors.
  • “Lippard dubs bot software ‘the Swiss army knife of crime on the Internet.’” Joaquim P. Menezes, NetworkWorld, July 26, 2007: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/072507-why-were-losing-the-botnet.html (quoted from May 2006 interview on the Security Catalyst podcast)“Networks of compromised computers controlled by a central server, better known as botnets, are a Swiss Army knife of tools for online criminals.” Robert Lemos, “Breaking the Botnet Code,” Technology Review, November 11, 2009: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/23924/“’Botnets are the Swiss Army knife of attack tools,’ said Marc Fossi, manager of research and development for Symantec Corp.'s security response team.” Gregg Keizer, “Botnets ‘the Swiss Army knife of attack tools’”, Computerworld, April 7, 2010: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9174560/Botnets_the_Swiss_Army_knife_of_attack_tools_“Botnets are the Swiss Army Knife of Internet criminals, according to Minister of Economic Affairs Maxime Verhagen.” Dutch Daily News, Jan. 14, 2011: http://www.dutchdailynews.com/botnet-computers/“‘Botnets are the Swiss Army knife of our criminals’, Picko said.” June 24, 2011: http://en.eco.de/association/202_9230.htmPublic domain photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Swiss_army_knife_open_20050612.jpgVictorinox Swiss Army knife, photo taken in Sweden. This is a Mountaineer model.12 June 2005 (2005-06-12)Photo taken by Jonas Bergsten using a Canon PowerShot G3.
  • Images used with permission from Ben Woelk, “Avoiding the Botnet Snare,” Rochester Institute of Technology’s ITS eNews, 2007.http://www.rit.edu/its/news/archive/07feb/botnet.html
  • Image from Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Botnet.svg, by user Tom-b, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. 1. Infection (trojan horse in this case), 2. Control, 3. Third party spammer purchases service (part of the social network to be discussed next), 4. Spam is sent out by the bots.Many options:Infection: Trojan horse, drive-by-download, worm, social engineering, etc. Primarily web or worm delivery, web delivery often driven by email, IM, social networking, search results, etc. Lots of room for creativity.Control: Most common channels: HTTP, HTTPS, IRC.Commands: Again, virtually no limits, but driven by goals—spam, click fraud, DDoS, identity/financial theft, extortion, encrypting files, etc. Common functions include keystroke logging, proxying spam or other types of connections, collecting credentials, engaging in DDoS, and propagating further.
  • Step 2 depends in part on the organizational structure of the social network behind the botnet, and whether the botnet is rented out, sold, or used in house. Similarly, step 1 is often divided amongst different players; slide 5’s components can be done by different players and even more steps can be added.Step 2: Open proxies, sell for spam. Build own spam service and sell it. Lease the bots. Sell the botnet. Encrypt end user files and demand ransom for return. Install keyloggers, intercept traffic to financial sites, sell credentials and financial information. Install scareware, sell bogus AV software. Generate clicks to web advertising sites that pay affiliate fees. DDoS competitors.Step 3 can be other things, of course—status, revenge, distraction, lulz, which then motivates other Step 2s like rigging online polls, adjusting popularity of links and websites, stealing and publishing information online.Who are these people: 83% of breaches in Verizon DBIR 2012 are by organized criminal groups (p. 20). Larger enterprises tend to also see apparent state-sponsored or supported breaches (APT, which likely steer away from botnets), smaller are often targets of opportunity, apparently due to weaker controls (e.g., more breaches from default credentials on remote access).
  • Exploit packs are an interesting topic in their own right, see:Team Cymru, “A Criminal Perspective on Exploit Packs,” 2011: http://www.team-cymru.com/ReadingRoom/Whitepapers/2011/Criminal-Perspective-On-Exploit-Packs.pdfCriminal network roles are also discussed in Phil Williams, “Transnational Criminal Networks,” in John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy, 2001, RAND, pp. 61-97, and especially pp. 82-84. Williams identifies Organizers, Insulators, Communicators, Guardians, Extenders, Monitors, and Crossovers.Example cash mule/launderer: Ronnie Cutshall: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/11/fdic_uptick_in_money_mule_scam.html
  • This slide is little changed from talks given in 2005. Main changes since then are more P2P, Macs as bots, and arrests and takedowns.Sources: Dave Dittrich, “Evolution: Rise of the bots,” Information Security, March 2005, p. 30.http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/tip/1,289483,sid14_gci1068914,00.htmlJulian B. Grizzard, Vikram Sharma, Chris Nunnery, Brent ByungHoon Kang, and David Dagon, "Peer-to-Peer Botnets: Overview and Case Study,“ Hotbots '07: Proceedings of the first conference on hot topics in understanding botnets:http://static.usenix.org/event/hotbots07/tech/full_papers/grizzard/grizzard_html/
  • Most of these are derived from Grizzard et al., op cit., up through Storm/Peacomm in 2007.Rik Ferguson points to Sub7 and Pretty Park as pregenitors of IRC bots and puts GTbots later than Grizzard:http://www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk/the-history-of-the-botnet-part-i/
  • Sobig/Ibragimov/Send-Safe ROKSO record: http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/evidence/ROK2400/ruslan-ibragimov-send-safe.com/main-info
  • Dittrich (op cit).Agobot variant count: Kleber Cariello de Oliveira, “Botconomics” – Mastering the Underground Economy of Botnets. LACNIC May, 2008. http://www.slideshare.net/Annie05/botconomics-presentationWASTE: A reference to Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WASTEKademlia’s distributed hash table algorithm was later used by Limewire to augment Gnutella and by BitTorrent. It is subject to Sybil attacks/pseudospoofing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sybil_attack
  • Saad “Jay” Echouafni, CEO of Orbit Communication Corp., hired Paul Ashley, owner of Foonet, to DDoS his main business rivals in satellite TV resale, for $1,000, and skipped the country on $750K bail. He’s never been caught. The rivals, WeaKnees.com and RapidSatellite.com, were taken down by SYN flood attacks.Paul Ashley of Foonet turned informer to get Echouafni on tape. This takedown was part of the FBI’s “Operation Cyberslam.”Kevin Poulsen, “FBI busts alleged DDoS Mafia,” Security Focus, August 26, 2004: http://www.securityfocus.com/news/9411Kevin Poulsen, “Hackers Admit to Waves of Attacks,” Wired, September 8, 2005:http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2005/09/68800?currentPage=allGembe indicted: Lucian Constantin, “European Botnet Runners Indicted in the Foonet DDoS Case,” Softpedia, October 4, 2008: http://news.softpedia.com/news/European-Botnet-Runners-Indicted-in-the-FooNet-DDoS-Case-94919.shtmlAlso see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rizon
  • Phatbot command list from LURHQ, now part of SecureWorks.
  • Polybot, Rbot: Ferguson “History of the Botnet, Part I,” op cit.Nugache: David Dittrich and Sven Dietrich, “P2P as botnet command and control: a deeper insight,” Proceedings of the 2008 3rd International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (Malware), October 2008:http://staff.washington.edu/dittrich/misc/malware08-dd-final.pdfNugache/Storm: Sam Stover, Dave Dittrich, John Hernandez, and Sven Dietrich, “Analysis of the Storm and Nugache Trojans,” USENIX ;login:v. 32, no. 6, December 2007, pp. 18-27: http://staff.washington.edu/dittrich/misc/stover.pdfAtrivo: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/08/report_slams_us_host_as_major.htmlAtrivo, McColo probably had Esthost connections as well—see Nov 8, 2011.McColo shut down Nov. 11, 2008 by Global Crossing and Hurricane Electric, reducing global spam by 75% (temporarily):http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/11/major_source_of_online_scams_a.htmlStorm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_botnetOn Russian Business Network, see Joseph Menn, Fatal System Error, 2010, PublicAffairs.
  • Cutwail: Ferguson, history of the botnet part II: http://countermeasures.trendmicro.eu/the-history-of-the-botnet-part-ii/Takedown: Brian Krebs, “The Fallout from the 3FN takedown,” June 9, 2009: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/06/the_fallout_from_the_3fn_taked.htmlZeus: http://www.antisource.com/article.php/zeus-botnet-summaryUse of Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud, Google, Facebook, and Twitter: Ferguson, “history of the botnet, part III”: http://countermeasures.trendmicro.eu/the-history-of-the-botnet-part-iii/Operation Trident Beach, initial Zeus takedown Sep 30, 2010: Dan Goodin, “5 botnet kingpins busted in $70m fraud ring,” 1 Oct 2010: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/01/zeus_kingpin_arrest/5 arrests in Ukraine.Torpig: http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~seclab/projects/torpig/index.htmlhttp://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~seclab/projects/torpig/torpig.pdfConficker C details: http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?name=Worm%3aWin32%2fConficker.CConficker E details: http://blog.priveonlabs.com/sec_blog.php?title=conficker_e_we_hardly_knew_ye&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
  • Koobface gang tracked down to St. Petersburg, Russia, exposed in the New York Times after investigation by Jan Drömer, independent researcher,and Dirk Kollberg, SophosLabs, in “The Koobface malware gang - exposed!”: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/koobface/“Web Gang Operating in the Open,” New York Times, 17 January 2012: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/technology/koobface-gang-that-used-facebook-to-spread-worm-operates-in-the-open.html?_r=1“Anton Korotchenko, who uses the online nickname “KrotReal”; StanislavAvdeyko, known as “leDed”; Svyatoslav E. Polichuck, who goes by “PsViat” and “PsycoMan”; Roman P. Koturbach, who uses the online moniker “PoMuc”; and Alexander Koltyshev, or “Floppy.””
  • Coreflood takedown: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/04/coreflood/http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/coreflood-takedown-raises-questions-about-offensive-actions-against-botnets-042911Waledac takedown, Operation b49: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/16/waledac_takedown_success/Aurora: http://www.damballa.com/research/aurora/Mariposa takedown December 23, 2009: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9164838/Spanish_police_take_down_massive_Mariposa_botnetBredolab takedown, October 25, 2010: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2010/10/26/bredolab-takedown-another-win-for-collaboration.aspx
  • Image from http://blog.trendmicro.com/trojan-on-the-loose-an-in-depth-analysis-of-police-trojan/Operation Ghost Clickhttp://www.darkreading.com/advanced-threats/167901091/security/client-security/231902809/teaming-up-to-take-down-threats.htmlhttp://venturebeat.com/2011/11/09/fbi-operation-ghost-click/http://blog.trendmicro.com/esthost-taken-down-biggest-cybercriminal-takedown-in-history/
  • Kelihos: https://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/botnet-shutdown-success-story-how-kaspersky-lab-disabled-hluxkelihos-botnet-092911 (source of image)Controllers host nginx web servers, don’t show up in peer lists on workers.Routers add an insulation layer to protect the controllers and include proxy capability.
  • Official website, www.darkshellnew.com.“Darkshell DDoS Botnet Evolves with Variants,” April 5, 2012, McAfee Labs:http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/darkshell-ddos-botnet-evolves-with-variants
  • Flashback: http://news.drweb.com/show/?i=2341&lng=en&c=9Peak infection (by UUID): http://news.drweb.com/show/?i=2386&lng=en&c=14Rich Mogull, “What you need to know about the Flashback trojan,” April 6, 2012, MacWorld:http://www.macworld.com/article/1166254/what_you_need_to_know_about_the_flashback_trojan.htmlEstimated number of infections as of 10 April 2012: 655,700.SabPubtrojan: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57414516-83/new-mac-os-x-trojan-unearthed-call-it-sabpub/Second variant using infected Word documents (via CVE-2009-0563) appeared in April.
  • Patch: Most breaches are still from a small number of vulnerabilities, including older ones.30% of breaches use stolen login credentials—Verizon DBIR 2012, p. 26. People getting better about Windows patching—but don’t forget applications, esp. Adobe & Java.
  • ClamXav, which uses the ClamAVenginer from SourceFIRE, is free.Mac security/hardening guides:https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=12616
  • Next-generation firewall, anyone? Gets you most of the above in one package (WAF sold separately).
  • Monitoring and Incident Response plan: There are two kinds of companies, those which know that they’ve been breached and those that don’t. You will be breached if you haven’t been already, and most companies only hear about it after the fact from a third party. Better to be in the former category and be able to recognize a breach when it occurs and respond.Log & review: How about doing some crowdsourcing on login misuse, by sending login notifications to the mobile device of the user?
  • To FBI, USSS, or ic3.gov.Collaborate: Share as much information where possible about breaches, at least within secure settings (e.g., industry Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs): http://www.isaccouncil.org/)SEC guidance requires breach disclosure now if such incidents are “among the most significant factors that make an investment in the company speculative or risky” (http://www.sec.gov/divisions/corpfin/guidance/cfguidance-topic2.htm), and companies with mature security programs are disclosing in detail (e.g., Verisign, RSA). It’s time to build a culture where we’re open about security breaches and those who disclose are not stigmatized for the disclosure (as opposed to for having terrible security). Failure to disclose and very late disclosure should be seen as a negative sign, while timely disclosure should be seen as a positive sign.And these things can lead to….
  • The law finally catching up:Roger A. Grimes, “If you do the cyber crime, expect to do the time,” InfoWorld, April 3, 2012:http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/if-you-do-the-cyber-crime-expect-do-the-time-190042Tracking: Brian Krebs, various security researchers, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Team Cymru, SecureWorks, Damballa, Sophos, Symantec, Crowdstrike.Takeover, Takedown: Microsoft, Crowdstrike.Arrest & Prosecute: FBI, USSS, national police agencies, Interpol.FBI Operations:Operation Cyber Loss, May 22, 2001.http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/internet-fraud-investigation-operation-cyber-loss Arrests 62 fraudsters.Operation E-Con, May 16, 2002http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2003/May/03_crm_302.htm 50 arrested, 48 charged, 12 guilty pleas Operation Cyber Sweep, November 20, 2003http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2003/November/03_crm_638.htm 125 arrestsOperation SLAM-Spam, May 20, 2004 (IC3/industry)http://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/anti-spam-initiatives-on-the-web Identified 100 spammers, targeted 50.Operation Bot Roast, June 13, 2007http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2007/june/botnet_061307 Robert Alan Soloway, James C. Brewer, Jason Michael Downey Operation Bot Roast II, November 29, 2007http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2007/november/botnet_112907 3 indictmentsOperation Ghost Click, November 9, 2011http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/november/malware_110911/malware_110911 six Estonians arrestedPrivate operations: Microsoft/Shadowserver/Symantec Operation b49, Waledac C&C takedown, February 22, 2010 Microsoft Waledac spam takedown, October 27, 2010 Microsoft/FireEyeRustock takedown, Operation b107, March 16, 2011http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Microsoft-Claims-Rustock-Botnet-Takedown-825397/ 1.1M-1.7M infected machines, hardcoded IPs for C&C Microsoft/Kaspersky Kelihos (Waledac 2.0) takedown, September 26, 2011 Dominique Alexander Piatti, dotFREE Group SRO and John Does 1-22 of owning a domain cz.cc and using cz.cc to register other subdomains such as lewgdooi.cz.cc used to operate and control the Kelihos botnet. 41,000 computershttp://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/09/27/microsoft-neutralizes-kelihos-botnet-names-defendant-in-case.aspx Microsoft/F-Secure, etc. Zeus takedown Operation b71, RICO statutes, March 23, 2012 13 million Zeus infections, 3 million in U.S.  Zeus sold for $700 to $15K for latest, source code leaked May 2011, see Wikipedia http://www.secureworks.com/research/threats/zeus/?threat=zeus Crowdstrike/Honeynet Project/SecureWorks/Kaspersky Kelihos v2 takedown, March 29, 2012
  • Shadowserversinkholing (2008): http://www.darkreading.com/security/security-management/211201241/index.htmlTrend Micro report on lessons from sinkholing: http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/security-intelligence/white-papers/wp__sinkholing-botnets.pdfRoute-based blackholing (or nullrouting)/sinkholing/filtering:https://tools.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3882.txthttps://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5635https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-idr-flow-spec-09Honeynet Project Code of Conduct: https://honeynet.org/codeofconductMenlo Report: Ethical Principles Guiding Information and Communication Technology Research: http://www.cyber.st.dhs.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/MenloPrinciplesCORE-20110915-r560.pdf
  • Social networks as delivery mechanism: http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/264648/social-spam-taking-over-internetTwitter sues top 5 spammers (April 5, 2012): https://mashable.com/2012/04/05/twitter-sues-spammers/Mobile: iOS safer due to developer accountability (Dan Guido research): https://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/accountability-not-code-quality-makes-ios-safer-android-042012Indirect:CAs: Comodo hacked Mar. 2011, DigiNotar hacked Sep. 2011: http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2011/09/comodo-hacker-i-hacked-diginotar-too-other-cas-breached.arsGlobalSign hacked Sep. 2011: http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/comodo-hacker-claims-credit-diginotar-attack-090611RSA, hacked March 2011: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/the-rsa-hack-how-they-did-it/Sophos partner portal hacked, Apr 6, 2012: http://www.cio.com/article/703694/Sophos_Takes_Down_Partner_Portal_After_Signs_of_HackingGOFA opposes use of surveillance and content filtering by governments to promote “Internet freedom.”CISPA has been criticized on civil liberties grounds, for allowing disclosure of information to the NSA or DOD CyberCommand.The U.S. is a bit conflicted on what “Internet freedom” means or requires (see, e.g., EvgenyMorozov, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, 2011, PublicAffairs). As the Arizona legislature passes a bill (HB 2549) to expand telephone harassment & stalking statutes to cover online speech, the federal government is condemning censorship by authoritarian governments—but also seeking to expand its own ability to monitor.As botnets become a target for takedown, and if targets of opportunity show any progress in becoming more secure, the methods of choice for state-sponsored actors will filter down to other groups (and surely already have to some extent).

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  • Criminals in the Cloud: Past, Present, and Future Jim LippardSr. Product Manager, IT Security EarthLink Business 1
  • Agenda• What is a botnet?• Bot Lifecycle• Botnet Ecosphere• Botnet History & Evolution• Defense• Offense• Future• Q&A 2
  • What is a botnet? 3
  • What is a botnet? Traditional C&C P2P C&C 4
  • What is a botnet?Two general purposes of using botnets:• Provide layers of separation/insulation between criminal actors and criminal acts.• Provide a cloud computing platform for a wide variety of functions.Neither requires that there be anything of interest on victimcomputers. 5
  • Bot Lifecycle• Infection• Control• Commands• Detection• Notification• Removal (repeat) 6
  • Botnet EcosphereSocial context: Botnets are created by human agents toachieve some purpose.Usually: 1. Create botnet. 2. ??? 3. Profit!• What’s step 2?• Do all of these steps need to be done by the same people?• Who are these people? 7
  • Botnet EcosphereSome roles for division of criminal labor: • Exploit/exploit pack developer • Botherder/admin (manages botnet) • Seller (drives traffic to exploit sites, paid per infection) • Spammer (sender) • Sponsor (spam ad buyer) • Phisher • Carder (trades in card data/makes counterfeits) • Casher (takes out cash) • Reshippers/mules (stolen good/cash laundering-- WFH/GTJ) 8
  • Botnet Evolution: OverviewThe convergence of DDoS tools, IRCbots, P2P software, worms, and SaaS =modern botnets• Early 1990s: IRC channel bots (e.g., eggdrop, mIRCscripts, ComBot, etc.).• Late 1990s: Denial of service tools (e.g., Trinoo, Tribal Flood Network, Stacheldraht, Shaft, etc.). Peer-to-peer file sharing tools.• 2000: Merger of DDoStools, worms, and rootkits (e.g., Stacheldraht+t0rnkit+Ramen worm; Lion worm+TFN2K).• 2002: IRC-controlled bots implementing DDoS attacks.• 2003: IRC-controlled bots spread with worms and viruses, fully implementing DDoS, spyware, malware distribution activity. First P2P bots (Sinit, WASTE).• (Dave Dittrich, “Invasion Force,” Information Security, March 2005, p. 30)• 2003-present: Botnets used as a criminal tool for extortion, fraud, identity theft, computer crime, spam, and phishing. 9
  • Botnet Evolution: History• Dec. 1993: Eggdrop bot - Non-malicious, occasionally abused (Supported linking multiple bots by 1999)• April 1998: GTbot variants - Based on mIRC, malicious bots• 1999: Sub7 trojan - Pretty Park worm, IRC listeners• May 1999: Napster - Non-malicious file sharing, hybrid P2P & client-server• March 2000: Gnutella - Non-malicious file sharing, decentralized P2P• April 2002: SDbot variants - Malicious bot with IRC client. Code made widely available. 10
  • Botnet Evolution: HistoryAug 2002-Sep 2003: Sobig variants - Botnet used by Ruslan Ibragimov’ssend-safe spam operation 11
  • Botnet Evolution: History• Oct 2002: Agobot variants - (500+ by 2008), malicious bot w/modular design• Apr 2003: SpyBot variants - Derived from Agobot• May 2003: Nullsoft WASTE - Encrypted P2P network. Removed from distribution by AOL• Sep 2003: Sinit - P2P trojan, found peers via crafted DNS packets to random IPs, exchanged peer lists when found• Nov 2003: Kademlia - P2P distributed hash table 12
  • Botnet Evolution: HistoryFeb 14, 2004: FBI takedown ofFoonet and “DDoS Mafia.”DDoS tool of choice: AgobotCreator: Axel “Ago” Gembe ofGermany, was indicted in 2008. 13
  • Botnet Evolution: HistoryMar 2004: Phatbot - P2P bot using WASTEbot.command runs a command with system() rsl.logoff logs the user offbot.unsecure enable shares / enable dcom rsl.shutdown shuts the computer downbot.secure delete shares / disable dcom rsl.reboot reboots the computerbot.flushdns flushes the bots dns cache pctrl.kill kills a processbot.quit quits the bot pctrl.list lists all processesbot.longuptime If uptime > 7 days then bot will respond scan.stop signal stop to child threadsbot.sysinfo displays the system info scan.start signal start to child threadsbot.status gives status scan.disable disables a scanner moduleot.rndnick makes the bot generate a new random nick scan.enable enables a scanner modulebot.removeallbut removes the bot if id does not match scan.clearnetranges clears all netranges registered with the scannerbot.remove removes the bot scan.resetnetranges resets netranges to the localhostbot.open opens a file (whatever) scan.listnetranges lists all netranges registered with the scannerbot.nick changes the nickname of the bot scan.delnetrange deletes a netrange from the scannerbot.id displays the id of the current code scan.addnetrange adds a netrange to the scannerbot.execute makes the bot execute a .exe ddos.phatwonk starts phatwonk floodbot.dns resolves ip/hostname by dns ddos.phaticmp starts phaticmp floodbot.die terminates the bot ddos.phatsyn starts phatsyn floodbot.about displays the info the author wants you to see ddos.stop stops all floodsshell.disable Disable shell handler ddos.httpflood starts a HTTP floodshell.enable Enable shell handler ddos.synflood starts an SYN floodshell.handler FallBack handler for shell ddos.udpflood starts a UDP floodcommands.list Lists all available commands redirect.stop stops all redirects runningplugin.unload unloads a plugin (not supported yet) redirect.socks starts a socks4 proxyplugin.load loads a plugin redirect.https starts a https proxycvar.saveconfig saves config to a file redirect.http starts a http proxycvar.loadconfig loads config from a file redirect.gre starts a gre redirectcvar.set sets the content of a cvar redirect.tcp starts a tcp port redirectcvar.get gets the content of a cvar harvest.aol makes the bot get aol stuffcvar.list prints a list of all cvars harvest.cdkeys makes the bot get a list of cdkeysinst.svcdel deletes a service from scm harvest.emailshttp makes the bot get a list of emails via httpinst.svcadd adds a service to scm harvest.emails makes the bot get a list of emailsinst.asdel deletes an autostart entry waste.server changes the server the bot connects toinst.asadd adds an autostart entry waste.reconnect reconnects to the serverlogic.ifuptime exec command if uptime is bigger than specified waste.raw sends a raw message to the waste servermac.login logs the user in waste.quitmac.logout logs the user out waste.privmsg sends a privmsgftp.update executes a file from a ftp url waste.part makes the bot part a channelftp.execute updates the bot from a ftp url waste.netinfo prints netinfoftp.download downloads a file from ftp waste.mode lets the bot perform a mode changehttp.visit visits an url with a specified referrer waste.join makes the bot join a channelhttp.update executes a file from a http url waste.gethost prints netinfo when host matcheshttp.execute updates the bot from a http url waste.getedu prints netinfo when the bot is .eduhttp.download downloads a file from http waste.action lets the bot perform an action waste.disconnect disconnects the bot from waste 14
  • Botnet Evolution: History• 2003: Rbot - Uses encryption to evade detection• 2004: Polybot - Adds polymorphism• Mar 2006: SpamThru - P2P bot• Apr 2006: Nugache - P2P bot, distributed via trojaned downloads on freeware sites. Author arrested Sep 2007.• 2006-2011: Rustock - Major spammer. Atrivo takedown Sep 2008, McColo takedown Nov 11, 2008.• Jan 2007-late 2008: Storm/Peacomm trojan - P2P; massive spammer. RBN connection? 20% of spam in 2008.• 2007: Srizbi - Used Mpack, Reactor Mailer, bypassed host firewall. Similar to Rustock. Was largest botnet for a time. 15 McColo.
  • Botnet Evolution: History• 2007: Cutwail trojan - Rootkit, DDoS and spam bot. 1.5M-2M bots. C&C taken down when ISP 3FN was taken down by the FTC on June 4, 2009.• 2007-2012: Zeus - financial info stealer, variants of software sold for $500-$15K. Still prevalent. Configs stored in AWS EC2, use of Google, Twitter, Facebook.• 2008-2009: Torpig/Anserin - Financial info stealer. Includes Mebroot rootkit. UCSB researchers temporarily controlled for 10 days in 2009.• Nov. 2008: Conficker worm - Variants A-E, end action of A-D was to update to subsequent versions; disabled Windows update and AV. Variant E (Apr 2009) installed Waledac spambot and SpyProtect scareware. Massive propagation (10.5M+). On May 3, 2009, variant E deleted itself and left C. 16
  • Botnet Evolution: HistoryDec 2008: Koobface - Social network C&C, had Mac version.Click fraud, scareware sales. Gang exposed in NY Times. 17
  • Botnet Evolution: History• 2009: Grum/Tedroo -Spammer, generated 26% of spam in March 2010.• Mar 2009: Coreflood - Info stealer, taken down Apr 2011 (FBI w/ISC).• Apr 2009: Waledac - Spammer. 1% of spam volume. Microsoft takedown of C&C domains Feb. 2010, spam domains Sep. 2010.• May 2009: Bredolab trojan - Botnet. 30M bots, 143 C&C seized by Dutch police Oct. 25, 2010, Armenian suspect arrested.• 2009: Aurora - Google attacked.• 2009: Mariposa (Spain) - Info stealer, spam, DDoS. Taken down by Spanish police (w/Panda Security), Dec 23. 8-12M bots.• Apr 2010: Storm 2 - Minus P2P 18
  • Botnet Evolution: History2011: DNSChanger - Esthost/Rove Digital, redirected 6million people to malicious websites, 4M bots. Nov 8: 100servers seized in U.S., 6 Estonians arrested. 19
  • Botnet Evolution: History2011: Kelihos/Hlux/Waledac 2.0 - P2P botnet similar toWaledac. 3-tier design: controllers, routers, workers.Spam, MacDefender scareware. Taken down Sep 26,2011 by Microsoft. 20
  • Botnet Evolution: Present Day 2011- 2012: Darkshell - DDoS botnet & buyable kit. 21
  • Botnet Evolution: Present DayFeb 2012: Flashback trojan - Exploits Java flaw. Macbotnet of 817,879 bots at peak. Deletes itself ifClamXav is installed.Feb 2012: SabPub trojan, used for spearphishing. 22
  • Defense• Patch. 23
  • DefenseMac users: It’s time for AV. 24
  • DefenseFilter • Outbound traffic • Web content filtering • Application control • Identity awareness • Intrusion prevention • Data leak prevention • Web application firewall 25
  • DefenseMonitor • Signs of bots often show up in web and DNS requests • Monitor user login activity; 30% of breaches use stolen credentials • Log and alert/review • You need an incident response plan 26
  • Defense• Report• Collaborate 27
  • Offense• Track• Takeover• Takedown• Arrest & ProsecuteFBI: Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit:May 22, 2001: Operation Cyber Loss – 62 arrests Feb 22, 2010: Operation b49, Waledac C&C takedownMay 16, 2002: Operation E-Con – 50 arrests (w/Shadowserver, Symantec)Nov 20, 2003: Operation Cyber Sweep – 125 Oct 27, 2010: Operation b49, Waledac spamarrests takedownFeb 14, 2004: Operation Cyber Slam – Foonet Mar 16, 2011: Operation b107, Rustock takedownDDoS (w/FireEye)May 20, 2004: Operation SLAM-Spam - 50 targets Sep 26, 2011: Operation b79, Kelihos/Waledac 2.0Jun 13, 2007: Operation Bot Roast – 3 arrests takedown; civil suit vs. Dominique Alexander Piatti.Nov 29, 2007: Operation Bot Roast II – 3 Mar 23, 2012: Operation b71, Zeus takedown (w/F-indictments Secure)Sep 30, 2010: Operation Trident Beach – 5 Ukrainearrests, Zeus partial takedown Crowdstrike:Apr 2011: Coreflood takedown (w/ISC) Mar 29, 2012: Kelihos v2 takedownNov 8, 2011: Operation Ghost Click – 6 Estonians (w/SecureWorks, Honeynet Project, Kaspersky)arrested for DNSChanger. (w/Trend Micro) 28
  • Offense: Track & Takeover• Sinkholing – Domain-based (w/cooperation of domain registrar) – most common – Route-based (w/cooperation of ISPs/NSPs)• C&C tracking/takeover – More common to monitor C&C servers to identify bots & attackers than to takeover 29
  • Future• Macs as targets• Social networks as delivery mechanism• Mobile as target• More indirect attacks (CAs, RSA, Sophos)• Competing legal agendas: – Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA) HR 3605 – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) HR 2523• A decline in the use of large botnets except as “stepping stones” 30
  • Q&A Any questions? Jim LippardSr. Product Manager, Security EarthLink Business jlippard@corp.earthlink.com Twitter: @lippard 31