Arbor Networks Analyzes Athena DDOS Malware

The threat is capable of performing a wide range of tasks

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Security researchers from Arbor Networks have analyzed an interesting piece of malware dubbed Athena.

Security researchers from Arbor Networks have analyzed an interesting piece of malware dubbed Athena.

According to experts, Athena has been around for a few years. Developed by a malware author that uses the online moniker “_Stoner,” the first versions of the threat were IRC-based, but a HTTP-based variant was also released earlier this year.

Athena can be used for a wide range of tasks, including for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, downloading other malware, and even stealing information from infected devices.

The latest version of Athena, 2.3.1, costs $100 (€75) for one build. An update costs $10 (€7.5). Those who want the malware author to help them set up the IRC from which the bot is controlled will have to pay an extra $15 (€11).

Additional details on Athena’s origins, capabilities and evolution are available on Arbor Network’s website.

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