February 23, 2018, 4:08 pm
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Cybersecurity collab thwarts major DDoS attack

IT had the potential to have been a DDoS blitzkreig with the same intensity as the WannaCry ransomware attack three months ago had it not been for the industry collaboration that stopped it before it could do extensive damage.

The botnet called WireX, was halted after it had already delivered it deadly payload through Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). Cybersecurity experts interviewed said it might have infected between 100,000 to 150,000 Android devices peaking last August 17. The number of attacks is high based on Android standards and the epidemic spread to 100 countries. This is a big DDoS botnet attack by Android standards.

Researchers from Akamai, Cloudflare, Flashpoint and RiskIQ, published a joint breaking news blog about the WireX botnet just recently. In the blog the consortium of researches explained the volumetric DDoS attack against multiple CDNs ran on 300 apps downloaded from the Google Play Store. It is still a puzzle how the infectrion sneaked past the store’s much vaunted security algorithms.

Since the botnet comprises primarily of Android devices running malicious applications, the infections spread faster. And since it wasndesigned to create DDoS traffic, it was also reported that it was also associated with ransom notes to targets.

“Only by truly understanding what’s happening on the Internet are you able to make it safer. And trusted information sharing groups are one of the best ways to foster that understanding,” Jared Mauch, Senior Network Architect and Security Researcher, Akamai said.

He referred to the fact that in the detection process, the three Internet companies had shared information pointing to the abberations in the security flows of its clients. 

“In the case of the WireX botnet, a direct result of our information sharing and other research collaboration was our ability to fully uncover what made this malicious software tick in a much more timely manner. Working together to fight these threats benefits not only our collective customers, but also Internet users as a whole,” Mauch added.

Once the larger collaborative effort began, the investigation began to unfold rapidly starting with the investigation of historic log information, which revealed a connection between the attacking IPs and something malicious, possibly running on top of the Android operating system. Cloudfare took steps to identify first hand the botnet through a number of Android devices to verify the cyberdisease as it was just spreading.

“Cloudflare worked in collaboration with industry partners to identify and take steps to disrupt the very dangerous WireX botnet. The WireX botnet is particularly significant as it’s one of a handful of Android mobile device botnets used for DDoS attacks,” Matthew Prince, co-founder & CEO of Cloudflare commented.

The recent Mirai attacks prompted the formation of information sharing groups where researchers share situation reports and, when necessary, collaborate to solve Internet-wide problems. The lessons from WannaCry, Petya and other global events have only strengthened the value of this collaboration. Many information sharing groups, such as this collaboration, are purely informal communications amongst peers across the industry. But reflected the growing concern that stopping cybercrimes is best left to collaborations rather than to individual companies.

“Our mission is to help build a better Internet, and this time, the most effective way to protect Internet users as a whole involved cross-industry collaboration. I’m proud of our research team and the researchers who worked together to rapidly investigate and mitigate this dangerous new discovery,” Prince continued.

The first available indicators of the WireX botnet appeared on August 2nd, as minor attacks that went unnoticed at the time. But on August 17, there was a noticable surge in unique IP address creation a sure sign of nefarious activity. Thus researchers from the four companies above, with input from multiple organizations, began information sharing and used their combined knowledge to research the botnet and the attacks.

They later disclosed to Google their finding to help with mitigation, and to ultimately destroy the botnet. Once Google was alerted that this malware was in its Play store, it swiftly took action to remove hundreds of affected applications, and started removing the applications from all devices.Google had maintained that their security platform for Android was fully secured and monitored but in a separate  demonstrated by a separate incident this only month the blog of the Lookout Security Intelligence revealed that around 500 applications. It discovered that an advertising software development kit (SDK) called Igexin. 

Ixegin had the capability of spying on victims through otherwise benign apps by downloading malicious plugins. 

The 500 apps that inadvertently used the Igexin ad SDK were mostly not aware of the attacksince it could have introduced that functionality at its own convenience. Apps containing the affected SDK were downloaded over 100 million times across the Android ecosystem.

Google said it pulled out these affected apps after it was discovered they were being used to update devices with spyware.

“This research is exciting because it’s a case study in just how effective collaboration across the industry is. This was more than just a malware analysis report. The working group was able to connect the dots from the victim to the attacker. The group also used the information to better mitigate the attack and dismantle the botnet -- and this was completed very quickly,” Allison Nixon, Director of Security Research, Flashpoint explained.

“A botnet of this extreme size is concerning for the sake of the Internet as a whole. I want to especially thank the organizations who are attacked with DDoS traffic and are kind enough to share detailed information about the attacks. These contributions are vitally important to dealing with these global threats,” Nixon added.

“The WireX botnet operation shows the value of a collaborative response from security firms, service providers, and law enforcement,” Darren Spruell, threat researcher at RiskIQ concluded.
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