Kaspersky Lab announces publication of an article entitled "The botnet ecosystem"

17 Dec 2009
Virus News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces the publication of the analytical article “The botnet ecosystem” by Vitaly Kamluk, Director of Kaspersky Lab’s EEMEA Research Center. The article sheds light on the nature of the cybercrime business and, in particular, the botnets at its core.

The author analyzes the components which make up the cybercrime business, how they interact with each other and with the outside world. The article describes the roles played by those who supply services to botnet owners, those who buy botnet services and the botnets themselves that link these activities. Botnets are at the center of the cybercriminal business, facilitating a continuous flow of money between cybercriminals.

“With the help of botnets cybercriminals can gain unauthorized access not to one or two machines but hundreds and thousands of computers,” says the author of the article. “Botnets have a direct impact on the number of crimes committed on the Internet: thanks to botnets, the number of credit card thefts has increased thousands of times. DDoS attacks have become everyday events on the Internet and can be carried out by any school kid with the help of a botnet.”

"Today's cybercriminals can use botnets to get unauthorized access to hundreds and thousands of computers," says the author of the article. "Botnets have a direct influence on the number of cybercrimes committed, and have resulted in a huge increase in credit card theft. DDoS attacks have become an everyday reality, and can be conducted by anyone with the help of a botnet."

The full version of the article is available at www.viruslist.com/en. A summary of the article can be found at www.kaspersky.com.

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