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Botnet-A Network Threat

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Author(s): Sonal P.Patil | Swatantra Kumar

Journal: International Journal of Computer Applications
ISSN 0975-8887

Volume: icrtitcs;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Botnet | Bots | Botnet Detection

ABSTRACT
Botnet are network threats that generally occur from cyber attacks, which results in serious threats to our network assets and organization's properties. Botnets are collections of compromised computers (Bots) which are remotely controlled by its originator (BotMaster) under a common Command-and-Control (C&C) infrastructure. Among the various forms of malware, botnets are emerging as the most serious threat against cyber-security as they provide a distributed platform for several illegal activities such as launching distributed denial of service attacks against critical targets, malware dissemination, phishing, and click fraud. The most important characteristic of botnets is the use of command and control channels through which they can be updated and directed. The target of the botnet attacks on the integrity and resources of users might be multifarious; including the teenagers evidencing their hacking skills to organized criminal syndicates, disabling the infrastructure and causing financial damage to organizations and governments. In this context, it is crucial to know in what ways the system could be targeted. The major advantage of this classification is to identify the problem and find the specific ways of defense and recovery. This paper aims to provide a concise overview of major existing types of Botnets on the basis of attacking techniques.
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