The Genesis of a Botnet

Modern botnets are using social engineering tactics to trick the user into unwillingly installing malicious code on their computer.
For instance, a botnet can distribute infected e-mail messages carrying malware, or just links to compromised websites, where the systems are infected on-the-fly. Social engineering techniques are comprised of messages that come with apparently harmless messages accompanied by an infected attachment that seems to be a simple .jpeg image. Botnets can auto-expand by identifying and infecting other vulnerable computers.
However, contrary to popular belief that malicious bots usually

About the author


Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.