According to The Register, a new family of malware is attacking the websites of firms involved in the industrial food processing industry. Variants of the Darkshell botnet circulating in China, turn infected Windows machines into attack platforms. Infected machines regularly connect to command and control nodes, periodically receiving instructions on sites to inundate with junk traffic in Distributed Denial of Service attacks.
Arbor Networks has been tracking the activities of the cybercrime networks for the last three months, and reports that Darkshell botnets have launched DDoS attacks against 97 unique victims, mostly in China and the US. Victims have included online merchants of baby products and jewellery as well as video game related sites. A big percentage of targets have been the websites of small manufacturers of industrial food processing equipment and machinery.