When choosing an IT consulting firm in Washington DC, you need to consider their cybercrime fighting skills. Make sure that they are up-to-date on the latest security threats and cyber frauds, like Methbot, for example. And if you think a bot farm is not going to cost you money, think again. The Methbot scam has been making millions of dollars for Russian operators engaging in various types of fraud. The scheme involves fraudulent IP addresses, a bot farm that manufactures fake traffic for PPC platforms, bots watching videos, and automated web browsers. Without proper protection, threats like Methbot will ruin your business.
Age of Malware and DDoS
You have likely heard of a cyber-attack called Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS. This kind of attack overwhelms an online service/network with traffic, making it unavailable for legitimate users and disrupting operations. But it is too hard to launch an effective attack on your network, right? Mirai malware just made it a lot easier to attack any network by infecting IOT devices and creating a Mirai botnet. A Mirai botnet recently created headlines when it targeted and attacked Dyn, the large DNS provider for Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, and other major media hubs. The DDoS attack was considered the largest of its kind in American history. The Mirai code can knock websites offline and can compromise the default factory passwords of IOT devices--- that means over 60 million devices are at risk. Unlike revenue-generator Methbot, DDoS attacks do not affect ecommerce, but can hurt a company's revenue by blocking Internet access.