Botnet Attack Definition, How does Botnet work? How do I avoid Botnet attacks?
The word botnet is a combination of the words 'robot' and 'network'. Cybercriminals use Trojan horse to breach the security of multiple users' computers, take control of each computer, and organize all infected machines into a network of 'bots' that criminals can manage remotely.
What is Botnet?
It's a group of computers controlled (usually without the user’s knowledge) and used to either capture information about the users themselves or to perform a large-scale action against a computer system across the internet. Not just personal information, everything that could be valuable on a computer (credit card details, in-game items that can be sold for real money, etc.).
If I say I wanted to take a major Internet retailer's website. I have to do just so, in theory, about 10,000 machines for one hour to rent a botnet and tell all the connections to open the connection without closing all the connections. It will use all the resources available on that computer that hosts the website and someone else trying to use "reject service".
How does Botnet work?
A bot in this case is a device infected with malicious code, which then becomes part of a network, or net, of infected devices controlled by an attacker or attack group.
Instead of targeting specific individuals, companies, or industries, botnet malware typically seeks out vulnerable devices on the Internet. The purpose of creating a botnet is to infect as many connected devices as possible and to use the computing power and resources of those devices to automate tasks that usually remain hidden from the users of the devices.
How do I avoid Botnet attacks?
- One should avoid opening suspicious email links.
- Install the best antivirus on your device.
- Avoid downloading files from the malicious site.
- Scan the existing files of the USB, before injecting them into your computer.
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