The ZeroAccess Botnet Visualized on Google Earth

According to the security firm, ZeroAccess has infected millions of computers globally and the KML files for Google earth currently show only 139,447 bot locations in the two provided screenshots. F-Secure is providing the KML as well as CSV files for download.

ZeroAccess is a fast spreading botnet that is based on a kernel-mode rootkit that runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems and acts as a delivery platform for other malware. The main infection technique is to tricking users on social platforms into running an executable file, often under the promise of free software. Sophos published a detailed description of ZeroAccess and the way it works.

 

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  • Wamphryi
    It would be helpful if the article contained information on how to determine infection and in the event of infection what to do about it.
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  • Gundam288
    luciferanoBotnet this, botnet that... They seem very popular with the bad hackers lately.

    You know what they say, only the bad ones get caught.


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    The main infection technique is to tricking users on social platforms into running an executable file


    And I still remember when some one was convinced to delete his system32 folder to increase his FPS in Counter-Strike....

    Are people getting smarter or dumber? I wonder sometimes...
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  • guru_urug
    I must not be the only one who looked at those images and thought "SkyNet!"
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  • Wamphryi
    It would be helpful if the article contained information on how to determine infection and in the event of infection what to do about it.
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  • guru_urug
    I must not be the only one who looked at those images and thought "SkyNet!"
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  • luciferano
    Botnet this, botnet that... They seem very popular with the bad hackers lately.
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