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Popular download management program has hidden DDoS component, researchers say

Lucian Constantin | Aug. 23, 2013
Orbit Downloader's DDoS component is used to attack websites and can cause Internet connection problems for users

"I was using Orbit Downloader for the past one week on my desktop when I suddenly noticed that the internet access was pretty much dead in the last 2 days," another user named Orbit_User_5500 said. Turning off the desktop system restored Internet access to the other network computers and devices, he said.

Since adding detection of this DDoS component, ESET received tens of thousands of detection reports per week from deployments of its antivirus products, Kosinar said.


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