March 6, 2014
Interesting video demonstration of how botnets work and can literally take over your computer.
In essence, your computer becomes a zombie under the command and control of the botnet sender.
Computers get infected through a trojan or worm, and then the sender has you--they control your computer and information.
Generally, they do this to send spam, steal information, or send out other malware, all under anonymity.
Once infected, the sender has complete control over your computer and can exfiltrate, delete, or change your data, turn on the keyboard lights, add a tail to your mouse, and even format your hard drive.
The malware often can even disable your firewall.
The sender can turn on a keylogger and log your keystrokes, and capture your user ids and passwords to banking and financial institutions, and draw out your money.
The video demos an example of botnets with a variant of the Zeus trojan.
Worth a watch.
Makes me wonder whether our adversaries are infecting more and more computers, until they have almost everyone--eventually a virtual army.
Then at the time of their choosing, they can conduct one big massive attack, or incremental ones, logging into peoples accounts, stealing their identities and savings, sending out misinformation, destroying data and computers en masse.
We need to be aware of what's possible, maybe even probable.
Is your computer infected and you don't even know it yet?