Team Cymru

Report: IRC Botnets Dying…But Not Dead

Once the most common form of malicious computer network, botnets that use the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) protocol are going the way of the Brontosaurus, according to a report from Internet security monitoring firm Team Cymru. 

The criminal underworld is an insular community shrouded in secrecy. That’s helped lend an air of
mystique to cyber crime. (See also: Bruce Willis in “Die Hard 4: Live Free or
Die Hard.”). But it turns out that, like so much else, real life cyber crime is… well… pretty dull.

They’re the Internet equivalent of storm chasers, spending endless hours scanning and sleuthing, looking for the telltale signs of botnets. Here’s an inside look at the battle against cybercrime’s weapons of mass infection. Read the full article. []

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