Criminals Using Compromised Desktops as a Hosting Fabric


This is a fascinating article by Brian Krebs about how the new hotness is to host your malware site on a constantly rotating network of compromised hosts.

It’s almost like the evil version of BitTorrent, except people don’t know they’re participating.

I also love how the systems are in different countries, so it’s harder to get jurisdiction to clean them all up. And when a few do get taken offline they get replaced with new ones.

You basically have a queue of potential hosts that the malware automatically enrolls new victims in, and when it’s your turn it’s your turn.

Stopping malware sites like these has always been a whack-a-mole proposition, but this takes it to a new extreme.

As a security person I cannot help but be impressed.

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