Security firms team up to neutralize WireX botnet after multiple DDoS attacks

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Despite heavy competition in the security industry, researchers from Akamai, Cloudflare, Flashpoint, Google, Oracle (Dyn), RiskIQ, Team Cymru, and others worked together to take down an Android-based botnet responsible for several DDoS attacks earlier this month.

On August 17, multiple CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) and content providers started to see significant attacks from a botnet that would later come to be known as WireX.

Further investigation revealed this botnet was also responsible for other minor attacks as early as August 2, but those went unnoticed at the time. These earlier attacks suggest the botnet’s code was still in an early development phase, but on August 15, the attacks started to ramp up. Around that time, some events were sourced to a minimum of 70,000 IP addresses.

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