Semalt Warns About The Growing Danger Of Zombie Computers' Attacks
The spammers and hackers are continuously honing their weapons in the quest to breach the defense on the internet. They take advantage of the programs that install themselves on hundreds to thousands of computers automatically. The hackers target those programs so that they can infect a large number of devices simultaneously.
They use a variety of systems, which are collectively called as botnets. The botnets have been blamed for the spike in the in the number of spam in recent months. A lot of data theft cases have been reported, and security researchers are concerned about how to get rid of botnets. They automate and modify the computer devices and smartphones, amplifying the effects of all malicious programs and viruses.
Max Bell, The Semalt Customer Success Manager, states that the problem has taken a serious form, and its growing sophistication is what confuses IT experts. It incorporates your data, drains money from bank accounts and penetrates the system dealing with the stock exchange.
Gadi Evron, the security expert at Beyond Security, says that it's the perfect time to get rid of both high-profile and low-profile viruses. This Israeli company discovered a program the previous year that could help prevent zombies in computer devices. It's true that there are a large number of computer infections, and the number is growing day by day. However, the power of botnet programs has become immense. David Dagon, a researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has launched a project that focuses on controlling viruses and botnets in the computer system. He says that the botnet programs have destroyed more than 600 million computers worldwide.
All malicious programs and the plague of the viruses had swept through the World Wide Web since 1987 when there were only sixty thousand computers connected to the internet. Every time, a computer security manager or user tries to clean up the damage, the patches of viruses and botnets still remain in the system. Unfortunately, such attacks have become endemic, and it's strongly needed that we get rid of the botnets as soon as possible. Simple computer security is not enough because we need experts who can create robust infrastructures against the botnets and viruses on the internet.
David Farber from Carnegie Mellon says that botnets represent the threats that are hard to deal with. He is an IT pioneer and has worked on a large number of projects. According to him, it is one of the insidious threats, and he and other IT experts are worried about the issue. The botnets penetrate the computer devices easily and damage a large number of files. Moreover, the viruses and botnets attack the web browsers and old operating systems quickly.
So far, the viruses and botnets have infected a large number of operating systems and computers the world over. Different countries have reported that botnet-related attacks have damaged both government and private computers and distributed in a variety of ways. The most common methods are via emails, downloadable files, and suspicious social media messages.
ShadowServer is a computer security company that works on antivirus programs and is responsible for monitoring botnet activities. It has tracked over four million infected machines and more than two thousand IRC control systems, which are also known as the Command & Control servers.
Serry Winkler, an expert at Denver, says that it is possible to turn off the network security threats using some software and programs. She has even decided to buy a couple of advanced computer systems to carry out her research.