Kelly Martin has a fascinating article on “botnets” in Security focus:
What is a botnet? Today it’s an illegal collection of hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of compromised computers all being controlled with a common infrastructure. There’s even one case where a real botnet was found with about 1.5 million machines under one person’s control. Incredible. According to Symantec’s latest Internet Threat Report, 26% of all bot-infected computers are also located in the United States – making it the number one source of bots. These are most often home computers with viruses or web servers with buggy software that are compromised and then linked together for evil purposes. Theyâ€™re usually controlled from a central location as well, providing a single point of failure, but as peer-to-peer botnets are developed the ability to fight this evil will certainly change.
If you don’t care about securing your computer, you ought to. Or you are part of the problem.
And once you do, you should read this article. It contains a lot of information in a small space.
With a tip of the hat to El Reg.