Popular download management program has hidden DDoS component, researchers say

Orbit Downloader's DDoS component is used to attack websites and can cause Internet connection problems for users

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service |  Software

The program's users also seem to have noticed its DDoS behavior judging by comments left on Download.com and the Orbit Downloader support forum.

Orbit Downloder version 4.1.1.18 is generating a very high amount of DDoS traffic, a user named raj_21er said on the support forum on June 12. "The DDoS flooding is so huge that it just hangs the gateway devices/network switches completely and breaks down the entire network operation."

"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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