India must be prepared for HNS botnet attack: Cyber security firm

Indian Express

India must be prepared for HNS botnet attack: Cyber security rm

After striking major countries across the globe, malicious cyber threat “Hide and Seek ”
(HNS) can hit India a severe blow and the country must be prepared to tackle the cyber
attack, a senior executive from Romanian cyber security and anti -virus software company
Bitdefender has said.
“A malicious cyber threat in the shape of HNS botnet now h overs above the ginormous
cyber network of India. While the world still healing from the scars of ransomware cyber –
attack, we cannot aord to conjure any other of such attack with such tiny or no
information-additionally more threatening and effective, ” Zakir Hussain, Director, BD
soft, Country Partner of Bitdefender, told IANS.
The botnet now controls 32,312 Internet of Things (IoT) devices globally and seems to
undergo massive development as new samples compiled for a variety of architectures have
been added as payloads.
“This menace being hardly traceable, can hit India a severe blow. Though the latest
technology adopted by the governmental departments of India is sophisticated and
safeguarded, ‘prevention is always better than cure’,” Hussain adde d.
“When the world is still in a rivalry to ‘Hide and Seek’, India can be one of the countries
on the list and must be prepared,” he added.
The emerging botnet, that uses custom-built peer-to-peer communication to exploit
victims, was spotted by security researchers at Bitdefender Labs on January 10 before it
disappeared for a few days.
It returned 10 days later on January 20 in a new and significantly improved form, the
researchers said.
“The HNS botnet communicates in a complex and decentralized manner an d uses multiple
anti-tampering techniques to prevent a third party from hijacking/poisoning it. The bot
can perform web exploitation against a series of devices,” Bitdefender researchers wrote
in a blog post.
Once a device is infected, hackers behind the botnet can use commands to control it.
However, the researchers noted that like most IoT botnets, HNS cannot establish
persistence on infected devices. With a simple device reboot, the malware can be
automatically removed from the compromised device.