Recently, a group of hackers from Turkey have been trying to vitalize DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks by making it a new type of game. It features various prizes and points for trying to shut down political sites. Forcepoint, a security firm, discovered about the competition and named it “Gamification” of DDoS attack. According to a report of Forcepoint, every participant in the game gets access to a special tool, called “Balyoz” that allows them to do DDoS attacks from a single machine on some selected websites.
Hackers Give Out Prizes for DDoS Attacks
Participants are rewarded on the basis of their achievements. The points can be used to redeem hacking tools and online click fraud. Forcepoint said that, “For every ten minutes spent on attacking one of these websites, users receive points that can be traded in for rewards, such as stand-alone version of Sledgehammer DDoS tool and ‘Click-fraud’ bots used to generate revenue on pay-to-click (PTC) sites. There is even a live scoreboard so participants can see their point rank”.
The game is aimed at mostly political sites relating to Kurds, The German Christian Democratic Party – led by Armenian Genocide, Angela Merkel, and others. The competition is also being promoted on Turkish Hack Forums.
“The backdoor is a very small Trojan and its sole purpose is to download, extract and execute another .NET assembly from within a bitmap image. It also downloads a secondary ‘guard’ component which it installs as a service. This ‘guard’ component ensures that if the backdoor is deleted then it will be re-downloaded and also installed as a service,” Forcepoint added.
It is not yet clear that how many such attacks have been launched for competition and which sites were impacted. It looks like Turkish hackers want to form their own botnet launch DDoS attacks on large scale. Forcepoint said that they will continue monitoring the activities in the competition and will soon report with further updates.
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