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“Cyber Rambo”: How a US Army vet aided the right-wing coup in Bolivia
Twitter's turning out to be a shitfest of a platform:
Julián Macías Tovar, a social media coordinator for the Spanish left-wing party Podemos, analyzed the data from the hashtags and found that thousands of accounts were created in the days before the election and spiked after Bolivian military leaders called on Morales to resign. According to his data, 48,000 accounts were created in a matter of just four days to amplify the hashtags.

Tovar also discovered that a single account contributed more than 13,000 retweets to the hashtags. The account belonged to US Army veteran Luis Suarez, who automated his account to retweet posts with the hashtags using a custom app.

Data scientist Rubén Rodríguez Casañ similarly found that Suarez's account was able to retweet as many as 69 posts in a single second.
twitter  hashtags  bolivia  propaganda  botnets  bots  coups 
9 weeks ago by jm
The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme
The truth, as made clear in that Alaskan courtroom Friday — and unsealed by the Justice Department on Wednesday—was even stranger: The brains behind Mirai were a 21-year-old Rutgers college student from suburban New Jersey and his two college-age friends from outside Pittsburgh and New Orleans. All three—Paras Jha, Josiah White, and Dalton Norman, respectively—admitted their role in creating and launching Mirai into the world.

Originally, prosecutors say, the defendants hadn’t intended to bring down the internet—they had been trying to gain an advantage in the computer game Minecraft. “They didn’t realize the power they were unleashing,” says FBI supervisory special agent Bill Walton. "This was the Manhattan Project."


(via Nelson)
minecraft  botnets  mirai  security  rutgers  ddos 
december 2017 by jm
TLS-encrypted spam
the Rustock botnet is now attempting TLS encryption of spam delivery sessions
tls  rustock  botnets  anti-spam  mailchannels  ssl  encryption  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
_Botnet Judo: Fighting Spam with Itself_
reverse-engineering the output of spam templates. paper isn't published yet, but sounds very interesting, particularly since it overlaps with the SpamAssassin SOUGHT ruleset's methodology, a little, it sounds like. looking forward to reading it
spam  anti-spam  botnets  templates  toread  papers  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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