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Initially, the Black Energy bot was created with the aim of conducting DDoS attacks, but with the implementation of plugins in the bot’s second version, the potential of this malware family has become virtually unlimited. (However, so far cybercriminals have mostly used it as a DDoS tool). Plugins can be installed, e.g. to send spam, grab user credentials, set up a proxy server etc. The upd command can be used to update the bot, e.g. with a version that has been encrypted using a different encryption method. Regular updates make it possible for the bot to evade a number of antivirus products, any of which might be installed on the infected computer, for a long time.
This malicious tool has high potential, which naturally makes it quite a threat. Luckily, since there are no publicly available constructors online which can be used online to build Black Energy 2 bots, there are fewer variants of this malware than say, ZeuS or the first version of Black Energy. However, the data we have shows that cybercriminals have already used Black Energy 2 to construct large botnets, and these have already been involved in successful DDoS attacks."
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E-mail Sent from Wicked Lasers:
Dear Valued Customer,
The S3 Arctic will no longer be offered at the introductory pricing
of $197.97 effective on or before midnight July 23rd PST. The new
price will be $299.95. The increase has been carefully thought
through and it is only being taken to ensure continued quality. To
meet the high immediate demand we must step up our efforts and
budgets in dealing with expanded customer service and delivery
The shipping status of the S3 Arctic is as follows:
G1 (w/ smartswitch) is in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours
of purchasing, guaranteed.
G2 (w/o smartswitch) is not in stock and will be in stock in
approximately one week.
Wicked Lasers will begin shipping Arctic G1 lasers to customers
who email us and request this model in place of the G2 edition.
While we suggest customers wait for the improved G2 edition with
additional safety features, we recognize that some customers may
require their lasers immediately.
Customers who do not request the G1 edition will automatically receive the G2 edition
as soon as it is in stock.
We thank all our customers for supporting us and your patience.
We look forward to dealing with you again!