Botnet vs. Botnet: Scammers Fighting Each Other
from the let-them-fight-it-out dept
A few years back, we had the story of one spyware/adware vendor whose surreptitiously installed adware would also remove competing firms’ adware, leading to a bit of an argument between two such firms. However, as the really scammy action has moved on to botnets and organized crime groups (rather than venture funded adware firms), it’s perhaps no surprise to see the same thing happening in the botnet world. Apparently, one trojan botnet system also has code that disables competing trojans on compromised computers. While it’s nice that they’re getting rid of one nasty piece of malware, it appears that the criminals behind the removed botnet software are none too pleased — and have been attacking their rivals back, starting with a denial of service attack on the machine where the other scammers host some files. While you often hear about rival gangs elsewhere, it’s not often you hear of such rivalries within cybercrime. Perhaps that actually means that there just aren’t enough new suckers out there, and the scammers finally have to start fighting over the gullible set that’s already been identified.