What is a Botnet?

A botnet (short for “robot network”) is a network of computers infected by malware that are under the control of a single attacking party, known as the “bot-herder.” Each individual machine under the control of the bot-herder is known as a bot.

What is a Botnet?

A botnet (short for “robot network”) is a network of computers infected by malware that are under the control of a single attacking party, known as the “bot-herder.” Each individual machine under the control of the bot-herder is known as a bot.

1. Botnets are groups of computers that have been compromised by hackers. They are used for sending spam messages, spreading viruses, or engaging in distributed denial of service attacks.

2. Bots are automated programs that run on many different websites. A botnet may work together as a single unit but they are usually controlled remotely from one central location. Botnets are commonly used to send spam email messages or to launch Distributed Denial of Service attacks against web servers.

3. Malware is software designed to harm a computer without the permission of its owner. This type of malware can steal personal data, spread viruses or even turn a computer into a zombie slave.

4. DDoS Attacks are often carried out by individuals using a large number of hacked computers or bots. Often a hacker will gain access to a group of computers and then trick the users into carrying out a Distributed Denial of Services attack directed at a specific website. These types of attacks occur frequently on social networks. When a user attempts to log onto Facebook or Twitter they are redirected to a website where they are shown messages that attempt to scare them away.

5. DDOSs are often carried out by criminal gangs who rent their services to anyone willing to pay. As well as being able to target any individual or organization they can be used to shut down entire countries. The most famous example was the Stuxnet virus which targeted Iran’s nuclear program.

6. Phishing refers to the practice of luring people into giving up confidential information through fake emails, fake websites, or false phone calls. Cybercriminals will create an email message that looks legitimate and could convince someone that it is safe to share private details with the sender.

7. Hacking involves breaking into or manipulating computers remotely without permission. Often this involves installing malicious code or stealing