Semalt: Gameover ZeuS Botnet

The Gameover ZeuS botnet runs on Microsoft OS and was found in 2007. It has caused various problems so far, and the hackers stole over $70 million. There are a couple of symptoms and signs which manifest after the Gameover ZeuS botnet infiltration. The compromised machines start executing its instructions. If your device is not functioning properly and you are worried about the security of your data, the chances are that your computer has become a part of botnet network and this is time to improve its overall performance. The issues of Gameover ZeuS botnets manifest both at small and large levels. Jason Adler, the Semalt expert, explains that there are different Gameover ZeuS botnet practices for network managers, but the following ones are the best:

Botnet detection via the honeypot

The ambitious and famous security professionals consider creating the honeypots and call it a good thing. Sometimes Gameover ZeuS botnets can also be detected here and become a part of your devices easily. For instance, if you are using Suricata, which is a free intrusion detection system, you may want to get lists of Gameover ZeuS botnets recognized in your system. Unfortunately, it is not possible since the full list gets edited by hackers and your attempts to connect the internet or the C&C server prove to be useless.

Botnet detection at the endpoints

The host-based Gameover ZeuS botnet detection starts with the antiviral solution and performs a number of scans on the client websites. It's safe to say that the antiviral technology mostly fails to locate the infections, so the administrator has to look out for further problems. The botnet detection at the endpoints is possible when you prevent the installation of rootkits on your devices, don't click on the unexpected banner ads or pop-up windows, and avoid browsing outsider of the HTTPS. Of course, if your default DNS server is modified, it will be a clear indication that the hacker has done something to your system and you should take immediate measures.

Botnet detection on a network

The network-based Gameover ZeuS botnets are difficult to detect. One of the ways to detect and monitor them depends on the chat traffic. IRC traffic is sent encrypted, which means that a hacker detected the keywords of your site and he/she reused them for malicious activities. If different endpoints suddenly and simultaneously hit external websites, that is the clear sign that the botnet-driven DDOS attacks have been launched from your device or computer system. At the same time, the mass outbound traffic may cause problems for you. The good news is that botnets are likely to be finished by the whole in coming days.

Currently, experts are focusing on the open-source solutions such as Snort, and integrated security offerings such as AlienVault, to deal with botnets. It's important to identify the botnet network origin, and thanks God, IT experts have made it possible with a range of tools and programs. Once they have analyzed the nature and impacts of botnets, they can limit and eradicate both local and international botnets. On an average, thousands of Gameover ZeuS botnets have already been removed, and experts continue working on this issue. It means we will be able to get rid of them anytime in future.