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What are Botnets and How Do They Work

What are Botnets and How Do They Work

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Botnets is comparable to compulsory military service for windows boxes" - Stromberg (http://project.honeynet.org/papers/bots/) Botnets are networks of computers that hackers have infected and grouped together under their control to propagate viruses, send illegal spam, and carry out attacks that cause web sites to crash. What makes botnets exceedingly bad is the difficulty in tracing them back to their creators as well as the ever-increasing use of them in extortion schemes. How are they used in extortion schemes? Imagine someone sending you messages to either pay up or see your web site crash. This scenario is starting to replay itself over and over again. Botnets can consist of thousands of compromised machines. With such a large network, botnets can use Distributed denial-of-se...