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Hunt Intensifies For Botnet Command & Controls


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Posted 02 March 2006 - 09:58 AM

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...

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