Don’t Let Your Computer Become a "Zombie"

We’re talking about the explosion of botnets, or robot computer networks controlled by a remote master. They’re designed to make money through spam, extortion and identity theft. The Crime Prevention Division of two Colorado counties is now issuing a warning.

Up to 25 percent of the world’s 600 million computers may have been infected by malware and be participating in a botnet and their users may not even know it, division says.

Botnet is a jargon term for a collection of software robots which run autonomously. It refers generally to a network of compromised computers that can be controlled remotely (not by you) and is used to create and send spam or viruses, “phishing” attacks for personal information theft, to hide pornography or to flood a network with messages, ultimately disabling it. Tens of thousands of computer systems can be linked together and run under a common command and control system.
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