When it comes to cybersecurity threats, there are none that I find more terrifying than the botnet. We’ve written about that them before, but for the uninitiated: A botnet is a horde of computers that are under the control of ne’er-do-wells, often times with the owner’s knowledge. Infected computers are used for all kinds of nefarious activities, like sending spam, being used in DDOS attacks, or sometimes just to swipe financial information. This infographic gives a solid explanation of how these networks of zombie computers operate and, more importantly, how to protect yourself. In between are some shocking statistics that may just spread my fear of botnets to all of you. You’re welcome.
- Microsoft takes down huge botnet
- FBI hijacks a botnet, takes it down
- Microsoft takes down another botnet, sues its owner
- Shady Rat is pretty terrifying