Botnet Tweeting, Spamming Porn Shut Down

An adult-themed botnet was found by researchers and dismantled by Twitter last month. The Twitter-based botnet consisted of 86,262 bot accounts, and over the past six months blasted out 8.6 million tweets that attempted to lure males to pornographic, dating, hookup and cheating-spouse websites.

ZeroFOX’s Threat Research team made the discovery, which it said was unique because the botnet was active when found. “We rarely see these types of botnets in action. Doing so gave us unprecedented insights into how these operations work,” said Zack Allen, manager of threat operations at ZeroFOX.

He said the botnet leveraged a vast network of algorithmically generated Twitter accounts used to distribute a payload URL that redirects to a variety of spammed pornography websites.

Source: Threatpost