How to protect your web hosting business during the holiday season attack wave
Boglarka Angalet

How to protect your web hosting business during the holiday season attack wave

For devops in the web hosting business, holiday season is not exactly the most wonderful time of the year. If you’ve ever sneaked out from Christmas dinner to check on your servers’ status, or been woken up by attack alerts when only Santa Claus is supposed to be awake, you know what I mean. The Rise of Holiday Hacking Holiday season is peak period for cyber attacks, and we’ve written about it several times. But we’re not the only ones analyzing historical data and finding any indication of what’s to come. Just taking a look at last year, The SSL Store predicted over 50 millio...
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New SenseLog rules against WordPress and Joomla vulnerabilities
Eniko Toth

New SenseLog rules against WordPress and Joomla vulnerabilities

A few days ago, we released a new agent version (1.23.3), which contains very important developments: We added two new SenseLog rules. The first one detects arbitrary file uploader bots, and the second one is for Joomla Spam regers. SenseLog is prepared for future remote config update. Instant blacklist action added to WAF Manager. It can be enabled for rules in the config.ini. Virtual WAF honeypotify command added to CLI. It could be useful for blocking web shell access. We'd like to talk a bit more about the first point; the new SenseLog rules. SenseLog rule agai...
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Classification of malware
Eniko Toth

Classification of malware

The current world war isn’t happening in the physical world. However, cyber attacks have stepped into the foreground, and blackhat hackers can gain millions with their targeted attacks. Their main weapon in this war: malware. In this article, we’ll diversify the different types of malware so that you can better understand their behaviour. There are many ways in which malware can be categorized, but now we’d like to introduce Christopher C. Elisan's classifications from his book, Malware, Rootkits & Botnets. 1.Infectors Infectors have a very important limitation: they can only sprea...
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IT security misbeliefs – third IT security meetup by BitNinja
Eniko Toth

IT security misbeliefs – third IT security meetup by BitNinja

We like attending meetups because we believe that great ideas are created when we share our experience and knowledge. That’s why we decided to organize regularly an IT security meetup in our town, Debrecen. On 24th August, we held our third meetup and we are so happy that the number of the attendees is increasing. Not only did the cold beer and the delicious pizza attract participants, but so did the interesting topics we were discussing. The most recent topic was: IT security misbeliefs. 1.“If I’m using a strong password, everything is OK.” Most people believe that if they have a...
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Road to success with Sweden's fastest growing Hosting Company
Eniko Toth

Road to success with Sweden's fastest growing Hosting Company

Are you curious how can a web hosting company speed up their business’ growth? The answer is really simple: they have time to work on different projects and develop new features. Besides that, they can guarantee a reliable service to their customers. But where is BitNinja in this story? We tell you! Miss Group is Sweden's fastest growing hosting company and they had the same problems as many other companies. After the many cyber attacks, the WordPress sites became compromised, customers began to complain, the load of the support team has increased, and the technical team spent lots of ti...
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Old IoT Botnet has been Revived
Eniko Toth

Old IoT Botnet has been Revived

The “Hello, Peppa!” botnet and the /ept/out.php vulnerability were newly discovered attacks by our Attack Vector Miner. But now, it has recognized the reactivation of a forgotten IoT botnet. This botnet exploits the D-Link router DSL-2750B  remote command execution. What does the attack look like?  The discovered pattern is the /login.cgi?cli= as you can see below:  In the case of the D-Link router DSL-2750B firmware 1.01 to 1.03, there’s an option for remote command execut...
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New Zero-Day Vulnerability on the Horizon Again
Eniko Toth

New Zero-Day Vulnerability on the Horizon Again

After the “Hello, Peppa!”  zero-day botnet, our Attack Vector Miner detected another zero-day vulnerability.  Some vulnerable websites contain an /ept/out.php file, which can work as an open proxy. That’s why the attacker scans the /ept/out.php file. Let’s see an example:  The number of these attacks started to increase on July 11th, and as we can see in the diagram below, the botnet’s activity is slowing down now.  During the peak time, we experienced 15.000 attacks per day and most of them tar...
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New Botnet Has Been Discovered – “Hello, Peppa!”
Eniko Toth

New Botnet Has Been Discovered – “Hello, Peppa!”

Our Attack Vector Miner (based on AI) is a very effective tool to identify 0. day attacks. Here comes the first catch! Discovery of a New Botnet At the beginning of July, our Attack Vector Miner created a new cluster, filled with logs about a new type of botnet. We perceived the first incident on 16th June from an Indian IP address (106.51.152.115). The first incident of the "Hello Peppa!" botnet Since then, we have detected more than 120.000 attacks of this botnet! The Behaviour of the “Hello, Peppa!” Botnet The specialty of this botnet is that the die ("Hello,...
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Drupalgeddon 3 in retrospect
Nikolett Hegedüs

Drupalgeddon 3 in retrospect

As you know, recently we’ve released multiple security patches for the Drupalgeddon vulnerabilities. The last one was Drupal Remote Code Execution - SA-CORE-2018-004, CVE-2018-7602, patched only 2 days after it was first discovered. We’re very proud of our quick reaction time and would like to share some statistics with you about the attacks that were prevented since then - with the help of BitNinja. The data from the first incident that we’ve caught looks like this (the URL is masked for privacy purposes): Url: [###.hu//] Headers: [array ( 'User-Agent' => 'Mozilla/5.0 (X...
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GDPR and BitNinja - Important updates
Eniko Toth

GDPR and BitNinja - Important updates

Eniko Toth
By now, you are likely aware that on May 25, 2018, a new data privacy law introduced in Europe called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect. GDPR govern how businesses collect, use and share personal data and it allows individuals to exercise their legal rights. Of course, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we are compliant with the GDPR. We updated our Privacy Policy and General Contract Terms and Conditions. Also, we created this separate section about the topic in order to keep you updated. The Data Processing Addendum ...
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