Linux-powered botnet lets rip on victims with 180Gbps network floods

Enormous network of hijacked zombie servers threatens to batter everything in its path.
John Leyden
Cybercrooks have built a network of compromised Linux servers capable of blowing websites and other systems off the internet with at least 150Gbps of junk traffic.
The XOR Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) botnet is launching 20 attacks a day from compromised machines, according to Akamai. 90 per cent of the attacks from the malware-infected computers are being thrown against organizations in Asia. The most frequent target is the gaming sector, followed by educational institutions.
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