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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1560 How Shodan helped bring down a ransomware botnet
Shodan is a search engine that looks for internet-connected devices. Hackers use it to find unsecured ports and companies use it to make sure that their infrastructure is locked down. This summer, it was also used by security researchers and law enforcement to shut down a ransomware botnet.

The Encryptor RaaS botnet offered ransomware as a service, allowing would-be criminals to get up and going quickly with their ransomware campaigns, without having to write code themselves, according to report released last week.

The ransomware first appeared in the summer of 2015. It didn't make a big impact -- in March, Cylance reported that it had just 1,818 victims, only eight of whom had paid the ransom.

But it had a few things going for it that could have spelled success.
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#1562 Remove ransomware infections from your PC using these free tools
#1561 Europe to push new security rules amid IoT mess
#1560 How Shodan helped bring down a ransomware botnet
#1559 Android battles to fix the holes where the rain gets in
#1558 Europol, IOCTA 2016. Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (PDF)
#1557 BadKernel vulnerability affects one in 16 Android smartphones
#1556 Cloud Security Alliance lays out security guidelines for IoT development
#1555 Latest intelligence for September 2016
#1554 Cisco warns of critical flaws in Nexus switches
#1553 Arrested NSA contractor may have hoarded secrets to work from home
#1552 Spotify ads slipped malware onto PCs and Macs
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