October 1, 2016

Nearly 700% More Botnet Victims in 2010 Compared to 2009

Security company Damballa has released a botnet threat report for 2010 and it isn’t pleasant reading. According to the report there has been a dramatic increase in Internet crime and targeted botnet attacks during 2010. At its peak the total number of unique botnet victims grew by nearly 700%, with an average incremental growth of 8% per week.

Damballa credit the increase in the number of botnets to the increased popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) botnet construction kits and exploit packs (as 60% of the 2010 botnets didn’t exist in 2009), coupled with the effectiveness of the TDL master-boot-record (MBR) rootkit technology.

According to Damballa the top ten botnets for 2010 were:

  1. TDLBotnetA (RudeWarlockMob)
  2. RogueAVBotnet (FreakySpiderCartel)
  3. ZeusBotnetB (FourLakeRiders)
  4. Monkif
  5. Koobface.A
  6. Conficker.C
  7. Hamweq (GraySunGirls)
  8. AdwareTrojanBotnet (WickedRockMonsters)
  9. Sality
  10. SpyEyeBotnetA (OneStreetTroop)

Damballa’s report is on par with a report issued recently by the EU’s statistics office which revealed that nearly a third of PCs in Europe were infected with a virus in 2010.