Blackhole Author Arrested: 10 Facts About The Automated Attack Toolkit

Blackhole Success Largely Due To Traffic Generation

Traffic redirected to the exploit kit is fundamental to its success, according to Blackhole research conducted by Sophos researcher Fraser Howard. The kit is also constantly changing, with strong evasion capabilities helping it slip past URL filters, IDS and other security systems without being detected. Blackhole, according to Howard, has also been competitively priced and viewed favorably in hacking forums for its support and active updates. Howard predicted that the centralized approach used to maintain control over Blackhole could also prove to be its Achilles' heel, enabling law enforcement to shut it down or severely cripple it.

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