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The facts about botnets and phishing

by Marianna Schmudlach / October 20, 2006 10:49 AM PDT

October 20, 2006

Phishing - a fraudulent type of spam that originates within the botnet ecosystem - is part of a rapidly growing crime wave. Businesses and consumers need to protect themselves against the damage that can be caused by botnet and phishing attacks,

Computers are transformed into botnets - networks of machines that serve fraudulent purposes - after being hijacked by software bots, applications that collect information without the user's knowledge. Botnets have been responsible for identity theft, spam, phishing, pay-per-click fraud, denial-of-service attacks, and information theft. Botnet infiltrations are often difficult to detect, and usually are not noticed until after the malicious activity has occurred.

Read more: http://www.integratedmar.com/flod/story.cfm?item=114

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