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Cybercrooks behind the resilient Pushdo botnet are bombarding legitimate small websites with bogus traffic in order to camouflage requests to the zombie network's command and control servers. A varying cast of around 300 genuine (mostly smaller) websites is at the receiving end of queries from zombie drones infected with the …

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"Let's hit our botnet by using HTTP requests with a constant string to a small group of static addresses."

Well done, botnet writers. That'll help you evade people watching your traffic for sure!

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probably not the point

But it does make the C&C takedown take longer because all of the non-C&C sites have to be proved innocent first...

Or did I just miss something?

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Ahhhh, so that's what the heck that strange URL was! Hit one of our very obscure and pretty much abandoned web sites a couple of weeks ago and sent bandwidth through the roof. Now going to the bit-bin, but how about sending all the traffic to apple.com - they can afford it.

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