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The worldwide web is an especially interesting place on which people have come to depend highly in this day and age. And where there’s a market of people who are simply making use of the technology to facilitate their daily activities, there will always be crooks who would take advantage of this necessity.
There is an army of bandits out there on the web, which are a force to be reckoned with. They are called botnets.
To define it at its simplest, a botnet is a collection of computers that are infected with malware, which can be controlled remotely by an operator, usually called the bot herder. This is done through a command-and-control server. It’s not difficult to imagine a screwed-up evil genius who is doing all the sadistic manipulation from the safety of a gaming console. But yes, this is highly plausible, and it is precisely what is happening today.
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This commonly makes use of spam messages used for malicious purposes, including but not limited to stealing personal data and passwords. The perpetrators have proven very creative in their approach, as they have already lured many users into downloading malware.
Because the enemy is formidable, the mitigation measures have to be stronger. It will entail a collective effort from different security gatekeepers from all over the world. It’s a good thing that there are such stakeholders who are willing to take on a multidisciplinary approach to fix one of the most continuously evolving problems of our time.