New commercial DDoS botnet discovered

Via SC Magazine article, a new commercial DDoS botnetĀ  has been discovered. IMDDOS is growing at a rate of 10,000 devices per day. Note that this is a commercial effort:

Literally anyone who can read or work with a Mandarin Chinese website can go onto their self-service portal, create an account and pick their victim of choice for a DDoS attack.

The botnet’s C&C domains, located in China, are used to push out instructions to infected bots to launch DDoS attacks against a list of targeted domains. Researchers are unsure of the price of IMDDOS attack services and do not know the actual domain names targeted by IMDDOS customers.

Full disclosure: While this article was “stimulated” by Damballa’s VP of Marketing, I still thought it was newsworthy. We partner with FireEye, a Damballa competitor.