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Free Security Scanner For Dirt Jumper DDoS Toolkit

Prolexic Technologies : 03 January, 2012  (New Product)
Prolexic Technologies provides information on the DDoS toolkit known as Dirt Jumper and is providing a free tool for scanning for this threat
Free Security Scanner For Dirt Jumper DDoS Toolkit
Prolexic Technologies has issued a threat advisory for Dirt Jumper, a high-risk DDoS toolkit that can be used to launch application layer attacks on web sites.  Prolexic has also developed a security-scanning tool that can be used to detect Dirt Jumper command and control servers.  The threat advisory and scanner can be downloaded free of charge from www.prolexic.com/threatadvisories.

Dirt Jumper is a prepackaged toolkit that has evolved from the Russkill strain of malware.  It is now widely available on various underground websites and retails for as little as US$150.  Dirt Jumper can be spread via spam, exploit kits, fake downloads and can be pushed out to machines already infected with other forms of malware.

“The Dirt Jumper DDoS toolkit is currently one of the most aggressive malware strains used by DDoS attackers globally,” said Neal Quinn, vice president of operations at Prolexic.  “Increasingly, we are seeing this tool used against clients worldwide and it is likely to become more widespread and effective as distribution spreads.”

After analyzing the Dirt Jumper v3 DDoS Toolkit, the Prolexic Security Engineering and Response Team (PLXSERT) categorized it as a high-risk threat.  The Prolexic team identified the newest variant, known as Dirt Jumper September and uncovered that it had updated functionalities as well as an enhanced control panel, which makes it simple for attackers to use.  Prolexic’s Dirt Jumper Threat Advisory provides an analysis of the payload and also gives a detailed breakdown of attack signatures by attack type, as well as information on remediation and recommended mitigation strategies.

PLXSERT has also written a custom-scanning tool called Dirt Dozer (dirtdozer.py) that enables security research teams and engineers to validate if any suspected HTTP command and control servers utilize any strains of the malware.  As a public service to business enterprises and organizations worldwide, Prolexic’s Dirt Dozer scanner is being made available free of charge.
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