WireX botnet shut down


A collaboration of technology and content delivery competitors helped shut down the WireX botnet, the largest botnet of mobile devices ever recorded.

WireX was detected back on August 17 after domain registrars and numerous businesses in the hospitality, porn and gambling industries reported signs of large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The attacks were originating from tens to hundreds of thousands of infected mobile devices and were spotted by researchers from Akamai, Cloudflare, Flashpoint, Google, Oracle, RiskIQ and Team Cymru, Threatpost reports.

Google has since removed 300 offending apps from the Google Play store and is also taking steps to remove the apps from its Play Protect service.


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