Botnets – The Silent Threat

The paper identifies roles and structures of criminal organizations for creating and controlling botnets (i.e. silent, 'hijacked' computers), and trends in this type of cyber crime. In particular, it is often overlooked that browser exploits account already for more than 60% of all infections. Clicking on a malicious link may be enough to get infected. The main problem is uninformed users. Consequently, ENISA calls for an agreement to address this security threat in a more consistent way. The paper also identifies online tools to identify and counter malicious code.

David Barroso (S21sec, Spain)

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