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VCs poised to 'donate' 74% more cash to Cybersecurity Startup's over last year: thats nearly $800M http://t.co/HfIycTprlH | social blade dot com (youtube stats tracker) redirects to Nuclear Pack exploit kit, clever and insidious http://t.co/ugM5dOTCT9 | value for money in a crowded market? NSA Ex-Director Touts $1m Per Month Security Service http://t.co/oyqWhqD2kE | Robert Graham:open-src isn't actually more secure: usability, deterministic builds and code-review are all against it http://t.co/yglmHWK0JS | Privacy groups call for action to stop Facebook's off site user tracking plans http://t.co/emqEetV43P | RT @NBZBolton: “@SpectrumISP: Find out why #Wales needs an Internet exchange http://t.co/yoO5j1mLhx” @teamcymru worth a retweet http://t.co/yoO5j1mLhx | German Government buys 3,000 BlackBerrys for Ministry of Interior - faster and safer than typewriters? http://t.co/Tf329QeAzR | Twitter capitulates to Russian threats and removes a #hackers account. A sad day for all of us http://t.co/6Ihy55MDYg | Unit 61398 stole 700 files, totaling 762 MB in size, from the 3 firms that built Israel's main defense systems http://t.co/KERCbzE1sB | 'Instasheep' exploits Instagrams lackof full crypto in API --> using Instagram on public Wi-Fi risks account hijack http://t.co/pFXrZdhSFv | Is this hilarious or tragic or a bit of both? Watch Doom being played on a hacked cash machine http://t.co/ivcdf1NjKH | how-to tips to teach media folks 'crypted mail, from @tunnlin:hard and annoying and there's no alternative', so true! http://t.co/NDEh90oYZq | Probably not a good idea to read this if you are a #CISO http://t.co/fBhhiqvDkW | Don't believe the hype: here are 4 common #infosec oversights http://t.co/mfRZOmordz | KPMG says this chaos is making it easier, a LOT easier, for our enemies to #hack into our systems. Sad but true. http://t.co/TSt5xIGqel | Wikipedia ban edits from US Congress IPS after anti-Cuban 'tweaks' (you need to get up early to change history) http://t.co/hvkQpTjtQi | Mozilla to block malicious downloads in Firefox (file under 'good ideas that took to long?') http://t.co/Hv9x2LwMlD | Indian #hacker arrested in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) for breaking into Microsoft Website, stealing Product Keys http://t.co/0OJHdKRhgw | Rule 1: don't even try to hack someones Facebook. Rule 2: don't follow this scammers instructions...'it's a trap!' http://t.co/jzWkSHBmL1 | Almost 1 in 10 Android apps are now malware (and Asia has highest infection rate, then France and Russia) http://t.co/PlGUFXqvh6 | Thousands of WordPress Sites Compromised through MailPoet Vulnerability http://t.co/IV2J3m5mcn | Lauri Love (Coldfusion #hacker) indicted. Moral = avoid hacking into the FBI Regional Computer Forenscis Laboratory http://t.co/dW2BVmO1Jy | #infosec tools: Kali Linux 1.0.8 Released with the long awaited EFI Boot Support http://t.co/nGs7gMF1Eb | #infosec tool: Rekall Memory Forensic Framework, baseed on Python. For Linux, Windows and OSX http://t.co/Q5zB6qacn3 | Understanding Trust and How to Defend It in the Digital Age http://t.co/PZAePMyGmk | Not perfect, but still awesome: "The paranoid computer user's guide to privacy, security and encryption" http://t.co/PEZGLHpC7V | Fake Googlebots Used for Layer 7 DDoS Attacks: researchers show that 34.5% of fake crawlers were explicitly malicious http://t.co/VIjqPYFhPg | How to source cyber threat intelligence. Number 1 idea? Invest your time in trusted #infosec forums: that gift is key http://t.co/BB1Eepcqrc | BOYD, CYOD, COPE - acronym soup and sensible advice: 5 things to help build good #infosec strategies http://t.co/guQXzNjMVg | CNN news app has major security flaw, user data at risk http://t.co/0vhGaPzfWT
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Recent Data

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Average Daily Botnet Traffic

This chart shows the average amount of traffic we see to each botnet command and control (C&C) server we are monitoring daily. This is the actual bandwidth consumed by the bots as they check in with the controller and receive commands. This data is based on a sampled view of traffic, and shouldn't be treated as hard numbers, but can give you an idea of the rates of usage involved in running a botnet.

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Overall Malicious Activity, Top 10 Countries

This chart lists the top 10 countries seen contributing to malicious activity online in the last 24 hours, as a percentage relative to total malicious activity in the same period. IP geolocation isn't perfect, so this data isn't exact, but we believe it should be roughly representative of the current global picture.

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Top 10 UDP Ports (logarithmic scale)

This chart shows the top 10 UDP ports seen in sampled global Internet traffic in our most recent hourly data sample. This chart is on a logarithmic scale, so the difference between the top port (usually UDP/53) and the bottom port may be more significant than it appears to the naked eye.

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Sampled DNS Request Rate (hourly)

Our insight into Internet traffic around the globe allows us to sample and estimate trends in Domain Name System (DNS) requests, one of the key pieces of Internet infrastructure. This chart provides a glimpse into that sampled rate over the course of seven days, aggregated hourly, for both TCP and UDP DNS requests (though the TCP request rate is so low as to be virtually impossible to see).

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Internet Malicious Activity Maps

Internet Malicious Activity Hilbert Map The map to the left shows network locations of malicious activity on the Internet within the past 30 days, plotted using a Hilbert curve. Check out our Internet Malicious Activity Maps page for full details and a larger view of this and other maps.

Recent Releases

Our contribution to Operation Ghost Click

[17 NOV 2011] On 09 November 2011, US law enforcement released details of a major series of arrests as part of Operation Ghost Click. Team Cymru is proud to have been able to add details of victim computers that were part of this criminal infrastructure into one of our daily feeds of data that is provided at no cost to providers around the world. These lists of affected IP addresses enable network managers to identify and remediate computers infected by malware that are taking part in criminal activities.

This has a direct impact on people: it disrupts criminals and improves the lives of legitimate Internet users everywhere; we're honored to have been able to contribute to this effort. Our great thanks to all who contributed to this team effort.

Details of the case and our commentary can be found in this darkreading.com article. Images of the data we provided to our partners can be found via Twitter here and here.

Unexpected and unsubstantiated blog post

[25 OCT 2011] A recent blog post appeared to draw the unsubstantiated conclusion that more than 760 organizations were compromised with some of the same resources used to hit RSA earlier this year. Team Cymru was one of the organizations named in the posting.

We have no evidence of compromise related to incidents at RSA or anywhere else. The source of the report, and those who revealed and posted it, didn't take the time to contact us, or to share incident details with us. Thus we are unable to investigate further. We hope that those who gathered this data will responsibly disclose it to the potential victims.

Please note that without more details on the methodology used to determine the list of organizations, and a scientific review of the same, it's not safe to assume that an entry on the list means either "victim" or "false positive". We've seen no data or methodology description that would support either case.

New Underground Insight: A Criminal Perspective on Exploit Packs

[05 MAY 2011] The Team Cymru Business Intelligence Team is pleased to announce the release of their latest paper, entitled "A Criminal Perspective on Exploit Packs". This paper chronicles the genesis and historical eveolution of the Browser Exploit Pack (BEP). We discuss our research into the installation and usage of 40 different packs. Most notably, the paper discusses dishonor among coding thieves and the entrenched practice of "statistics shaving". Finally, we examine the monetization, code protection, and overall effectiveness of the various packs. For full details, check out the whitepaper, and don't forget to look at the rest of our whitepapers as well!

Team Cymru moving to Florida

[04 MAY 2011] Team Cymru today announced that they are relocating their headquarters staff from Chicago, Illinois, to Central Florida over the summer. The majority of our Chicago staff will move and are excited at the prospect of continuing to use our insight to improve lives, but from a significantly warmer location.

We do not forsee any disruption to our community or commercial feeds and services during this transition and we will continue to update our partners with news as appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please e-mail outreach@cymru.com and we will be happy to discuss them with you!

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