Google Trends is a tool that charts search terms used on Google over time. These are the Google search trends for Botnet, DDoS and Malware:
It’s interesting to note that searches for DDoS have been pretty much consistent since 2004, where malware searches seem to be on a constant incline. Searches for botnets are much more spikey. This is probably whenever botnets make it into mainsteam news.
And just for kicks, Russian and Chinese Hackers:
American and Iranian hackers were so small compared to these two that they didn’t even show up, so I left them off. I thought it rather odd that nothing really shows up before 2007. Also, not listed, is which region had the most searches for these terms. The winner? India. They had twice as many searches than the other regions which included the US, Canada and UK. No other regions were listed for these search terms which I thought was rather odd also…
Interesting story today on Network World, about a Botnet that attacks other Botnets. According to Symantec, the Zeus Botnet is the most common Botnet on the internet. It works by infecting machines, then stealing data off of the system. The infection stays on the machine and allows a command and control computer to log keystrokes, view what you’re looking at, change what you’re looking at and even wipe out your operating system when the hacker no longer is interested in your machine. The video above is an overview of the Zeus Botnet by the Symantec Security Response Team.
The new Botnet, “Spy Eye” tries to steal the data from a Zeus infected PC and then removes the Zeus infection, so Spy Eye has sole control. Hackers offer these Botnet for sale over the internet for anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars. All of these threats are an important reason to keep your anti-virus programs up to date.
See Network World for the article.