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Articles tagged with: bots

Facebook Pictures Can Lure You Into A Botnet

For those of you who are related to IT in one way or another, ‘Botnet’ shouldn’t be a new term. However, for those who are unaware, a botnet is a system of computers which are compromised by malware and each individual computer is called a Bot.

A botnet is a very complex method of hacking which may be used to steal your private information without you even knowing it. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi, India have designed Stegobot, a new type of Botnet system which pulls out secret information via social networks by attaching to user profiles.

A picture is just a chunk of bytes and nothing more.

Microsoft Takes Down A Large Botnet Called Rustock

Microsoft has taken down a very large and complex botnet, called Rustock. It has been estimated that this botnet consisted of approximately one million infected computers and is known to send billions of spam mails on a daily basis, including fake Microsoft lottery scams and fake prescription drugs.

Rustock was one of the world’s largest spambots, capable of sending 30 Billion spam e-mails per day. Researchers have seen a single Rustock-infected computer send 7,500 spam emails in 45 minutes, as well as advertising counterfeit pharmaceuticals.