'Hide and Seek'' botnet attack could hit India

A malicious cyber threat "Hide and Seek"(NHS) is looming over India after it had affected major countries across the globe.

A Romanian cybersecurity and anti-virus software company, Bitdefender has said that a cyber threat in the shape of HNS botnet can hit the country very hard and it would affect millions of the users.

"A malicious cyber threat in the shape of HNS botnet now hovers above the ginormous cyber network of India. While the world still healing from the scars of ransomware cyber-attack, we cannot afford to conjure any other of such attack with such tiny or no information -- additionally more threatening and effective," Zakir Hussain, Director, BD soft, Bitdefender, told IANS.

Globally the botnet controls more than 32,312 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and it seems that they have undergone massive development.

"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 added.

"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.

On January 10, security researchers at Bitdefender Labs spotted an emerging botnet that uses custom-built peer-to-peer communication to exploit victims.

"The HNS botnet communicates in a complex and decentralized manner and 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 the botnet infects the devices, hackers can use commands to control it.

hackers behind the botnet can use commands to control it.

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