Botnet – Preventing Them!

What’s a botnet? According to honeynet.org, “A botnet is a network of compromised machines that can be remotely controlled by an attacker. Due to their immense size (tens of thousands of systems can be linked together), they pose a severe threat to the community.”

What does a botnet do?

  • Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks ( DDoS)
  • Spamming
  • Sniffing Traffic
  • Keylogging
  • Spreading new malware
  • Installing Advertisement Addons and Browser Helper Objects (BHOs)
  • Google AdSense abuse
  • Attacking IRC Chat Networks
  • Manipulating online polls/games, lastly
  • Mass identity theft

Read here to know different types of botnets, how they function and ways to observe it.

Steps to take to stop ’em….more here

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