The Best Way To Identify Botnet Malware According To Semalt
Botnet malware has the ability to span distances and different geographical locations. It means that the network of zombies and bots can easily compromise a large number of systems worldwide. This ability makes the botnet malware a multinational problem, and efforts against it need to be taken as soon as possible. Frank Abagnale, the Semalt Customer Success Manager, explains that a botnet malware is a network of infected computers. They are comprised and under the full control of a spammer, hacker or attacker. All individual devices that are a part of this network are called bots.
Botnet malware detection and its prevention:
The detection of the botnet malware is not easy as they are designed to operate without letting us know anything about their presences. However, there are some ways to detect and prevent them easily.
1. The IRC traffic
The IRC traffic sources include botnets and botmasters that use IRC to communicate with each other
2. High-end outgoing traffic of SMTP
The high-end outgoing traffic of SMTP should be dealt with as early as possible.
3. Anti-Botnet tools
The anti-botnet tools are good and ensure high-quality results. The unexpected popup windows are also a sign of botnet malware.
4. Slow computer
A slow computer or mobile device with high CPU or memory usages is the sign of botnet malware
5. Spike in traffic
Spike in traffic includes Port 6667 which we use for IRC, Port 25 which we use for spam emails, and Port 1080 which we use for proxy server
6. The outbound messages
The outbound messages are not sent by actual users. In fact, they are sent by bots
7. Issues with your internet access and its speed
If you come across multiple issues related to internet access and speed, the chances are that your device has been attacked by botnet malware.
8. Network baselining
The performance and activities of your network should be monitored on a regular basis
9. Software patches
All programs of your computer or mobile device should be updated especially your security patches and anti-malware programs
Users should protect their devices from high-risk bots by installing relevant software and programs
The formation of botnet malware online:
A bot is formed when the computer or mobile device is infected with virus or malware. This lets hackers control that device remotely, and you don't get to know anything about it. The hackers or attackers who control the botnets are referred to as bot herders or botmasters. Attackers or hackers use botnets for a variety of reasons; most of them use bots and viruses for cybercrimes. The most common botnet applications are the denial-of-service attack, email spam campaign, data thefts, and adware or spyware.
How do the botnet malware attacks begin?
The botnet attacks begin with bot recruitments. The botmasters recruit the bots to spread worms, viruses, and malware. It is also used to hack and infect a large number of computers which may or may not contain the antivirus programs. The botnet viruses connect to your device and control the servers. From there, the attackers can communicate and control the bots, assigning them specific tasks. When the botnets reached the required size, the herders can exploit the botnets for carrying out certain attacks, such as the overloaded server, stealing personal information, click frauds and sending spam emails.