Virtual Entities Spreading Real Troubles – Botnets

Now that we have seen what bots are able to do as individual entities, let

Shortly put, botnets are extremely appealing infrastructures mostly because of their tremendous computing power simultaneously distributed on millions of machines. Recent estimations claim that a medium- or large-sized botnet is able to provide more computing power than the most powerful supercomputer on Earth.

The most powerful supercomputer to date is the BlueGene/P, an informatics structure developed by IBM in collaboration with the US Government. It can deliver a computing power of 1 PFLOPS sustained and 3 PFLOPS peak. 

The larger the botnet, the more computing power there is available to an attacker. The entire processing power can be used to perform miscellaneous tasks, not only for free, but also safe from the

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.