Botnets: A cheat sheet for business users and security admins
Posted September 7, 2020
- Botnets are used to do all sorts of malicious things, like launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, spread malware, and mine cryptocurrency–all without the device’s owner being aware that it’s been hijacked.
- That doesn’t mean there aren’t signs that an internet-connected device has been hijacked, and botnet victims aren’t beyond saving.
- The most common use of malicious botnets is to launch DDoS attacks that knock down websites, DNS providers, and other internet services.
- DDoS attacks rely on massive amounts of traffic that paralyze a provider, making it impossible for legitimate traffic to reach it before eventually knocking it offline.
– Brandon Vigliarolo | September 7, 2020