Botnets

A botnet is a group of computers compromised with the intention of instructing them to perform malicious actions. Botnets are usually controlled through a network protocol, such as an IRC (Internet Relay Chat), via the Internet. Systems compromised as part of a botnet run malicious software that may exploit vulnerabilities or download additional malware such as Trojans. A command-and-control server (C&C) is often used to host instructions that are directed to the botnet group of computers to initiate updates and new commands. A botnet could essentially be instructed to flood Internet users with spam or even spread malicious software.

Botnets were originated as a legitimate tool used to perform tasks in an IRC channel when the user was occupied with other responsibilities. Malicious botnets are in abundance nowadays, consisting of over millions of compromised computers for a single botnet network.

A botnet controller (“bot master” or “bot herder”), known as the originator of the botnet, can remotely control a group of computers taken hostage by malware. Additionally, the command-and-control server may send automated updates, instructions and even port malware to the botnet computers. Once a system is compromised and becomes a part of a botnet, the computer user must remove the malware or bot software to restore the system to its normal operation.

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There are currently 33 botnets program(s) in our database.

Name Date
Advanced Power Botnet December 19, 2013
AESDDoS Botnet April 29, 2019
Ares Botnet September 2, 2019
Avalanche Botnet April 11, 2019
Echobot June 14, 2019
Geost Botnet October 3, 2019
GoldBrute June 11, 2019
Gucci Botnet October 1, 2019
Gwmndy Botnet August 6, 2019
iWorm December 3, 2019
Jaku Botnet May 5, 2016
Jimmy Nukebot April 22, 2019
Kelihos September 28, 2011
MasterMana Botnet October 4, 2019
Mayhem Botnet February 12, 2015
MedusaHTTP August 16, 2019
Moose Botnet September 25, 2019
Muhstik Botnet May 1, 2019
Neutrino Bot January 13, 2015
ProtonBot May 28, 2019
Retadup August 28, 2019
Roboto Botnet November 21, 2019
Sanny December 12, 2012
Skynet December 13, 2012
Smominru August 9, 2019
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