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Botnets

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis July 24th, 2011

Zombie BotnetIt sounds like something out of a Sci-fi flick, but it’s real, and it’s high tech crime at its finest.  They’re called Botnets from the original IRC Bot, which was just an automated responder for chat rooms.  But people quickly took advantage of the programming tool, and figured out how to spread the software bug across multiple machines, all the while protecting and propagating each other.  PC’s would be taken over, and then do their dirty work without the owner’s knowledge.  These ZOMBIE computers would then interconnect.   The BOTNET was born.  Have you ever had the Fake Antivirus Warning that tries to get your credit card?   That’s CONFICKER, one of the largest botnets ever grown.  An estimated 1-10 million PC’s have been afflicted with this software disease.  Recently Microsoft helped take down one of the toughest botnets to date.  Read the full article here.