The gang is looking for each botmaster
to have an "investor" who would put up the money for the hardware needed to run the scam, Ahuvia said.
The report also noted the growth of ransomware, in which infected PCs are held hostage until owners pay off the botmaster
A collection of bots in a network, used for malicious purposes, is a botnet and while they are often organized and run by a so-called botmaster
there are bots that are available for hire for malicious and criminal activity.
Each bot influences only a small part of the botnet, and upgrade/recovery is accomplished easily by its botmaster
networks of infected end-hosts, called bots, that are under the control of a human operator commonly known as botmaster
The Clampi Trojan, believed to have infected hundreds of thousands of machines, basically functions as a botnet under the command-and-control of a botmaster
, probably in Eastern Europe, Stewart says.
htm (a known member of a botmaster
underground was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, the longest sentence at that time for a defendant who spread computer viruses); see also US Department of Justice, Eastern District of Michigan, "Operator of 'Bot-net,' a Network of Thousands of Virus-Infected Computers, Sentenced to 12 Months in Federal Prison," news release, 23 October 2007, http://www.
contain over a million computers that the botmaster
can direct to send
Rather than create malware that deletes files and decimates PCs, they are creating malware that surreptitiously resides on PCs waiting to be called into action by a botmaster
or the right moment to steal personal information, They continue to create malware that is more likely to evade detection, like image spam--spam emails containing images rather than text.
cannot be located and infected machines serving as bots spread around the globe.
When the botmaster
needs to send information to all nodes, s/he notifies one member of each cell who then passes on the information.
The BotArmy is stealthy, robust and includes redundancy mechanisms that allow the BotMaster
to recover his victims in case one or more of the primary command and control (CnC) servers are disabled.