Hunt Intensifies for Botnet Command & Controls
By Ryan Naraine
March 2, 2006
Operating under the theory that if you kill the head, the body will follow, a group of high-profile security researchers is ramping up efforts to find and disable the command-and-control infrastructure that powers millions of zombie drone machines, or bots, hijacked by malicious hackers.
...compromised machines are controlled by a "botmaster" via an IRC (Inter Relay Chat) server installed illegally on a high-bandwidth educational or corporate network. The idea is to open up a new reporting mechanism for ISPs and IT administrators to report botnet activity, especially the C&C (command-and-control) system that remotely sends instructions to botnets..."If that command-and-control is disabled, all the machines in that botnet become useless to the botmaster...