Botnet Threats

Although they are often well-hidden, botnets represent a significant online threat. Most users are unaware that their computers are being compromised to forward transmissions of sensitive data. This article defines a botnet and explores some of the purposes for setting up a botnet. It then takes a look at some botnet detection techniques and anti-botnet solutions.

What is a Botnet?
A botnet (from “robot network”) refers to a group of computers that run an application that is controlled and manipulated by the source or owner only. While the term “botnet” generally refers to computers, or software agents, running malicious software (malware; robot [...]