BOTNETS

Types Of Bots

Although most bots come with identical feature sets, and usually inflict severe damage to the host computer, there are multiple types of bots that differ in both complexity and operation.

XtremBot, Agobot, Forbot, Phatbot

These types of bots are extremely widespread, and the latest estimations claim that there are more than 500 versions in the wild. Such bots are entirely written in the C++ programming language, which allows them to run on multiple platforms. Their source code is released under the (General Public License), which means that anybody can have a copy of their source code in order to modify it at will. These bots can be either minimal or extremely complex, using abstract module-based designs (the latter have the ability to extend their functionality by simply downloading additional

About the author

Bogdan BOTEZATU

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.

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