ZeroAccess: Sinkhole Sucks Brains From Big Bitcoin Mining Botnet

30 September 2013 | By Tom Brewster |


One of the biggest botnets in the world has had a quarter of its bots taken out of action, thanks to a sinkholing operation from security researchers.

ZeroAccess had a 1.9 million bots under its control, but half a million have now been detached from the malicious peer-to-peer network. P2P botnets are harder to sinkhole than traditional malicious networks, as they don’t have central points of control like others do.

The botnet was one of the biggest Bitcoin mining botnets in the world, having bots help work out tricky mathematical problems to produce coins of the cyrpto-currency.


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