Have you ever heard of Botnets? It sounds a little like the name for some cute cartoon one might see on Cartoon Network, but it’s not.
What is Botnet? According to Wikipedia: ” A botnet is a number of Internet-connected devices, each of which is running one or more bots. Botnets can be used to perform distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack), steal data, send spam, and allows the attacker to access the device and its connection. “
Why do you need to know about Botnets? Because, your system could be a part of a Botnet. Those crafty Botnet builders slink around infecting multiple devices with their Botnet viruses, and then they use them.
I found out about Botnets from this post on the AVG Website. This is an excerpt from a post they wrote about online threats we should all be watching out for this year.
The one for megalomaniacs
Simply put, this is when a hacker creates nasty malware that enslaves thousands upon thousands of smart devices (your PC included) in order to get the processing power to do some greater evil. What you probably didn’t know: you might not even notice.
What does being part of a botnet do?
Make your PC run slower. Give you other types of malware. Make you feel ashamed: normally it comes with spyware or ransomware. But the wider picture: your PC could be unknowingly working to attack websites or networks, steal passwords, social security numbers, credit card details, addresses and phone numbers of innocent people around the world. Eeek.
Prepare yourself in 2019
In 2016, botnets made up 33% of all detected malware. In 2018, botnets made up 78%! Not surprising when you think about all the new IoT stuff we’re making every year. But here’s what you do: first, update your devices passwords and use anti-malware to regularly check for infections. Second, search for your IP address in a specific attack if you’re suspicious (here’s a page), and third, use a free network analysis tool such as Wireshark or Snort to monitor your Internet traffic for unusual activity.”
If you systems are running slower than usual, it may be time to have us come in and take a look. We can run some of the most effective software tools to check your servers and your network to make sure its free and clear of viruses.
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