The power and complexity of botnets

I had the privilege last week to hear an excellent presentation given by Bob Burls on the subject of Botnets. Bob presents an eye opening view over the power and complexity behind the botnet networks, and the damage they can do.

The manner in which botnets have evolved, making them both resilient and persistent, is worrying enough. The ease with which they can be created and controlled is terrifying. User friendly interfaces provide point and click functionality to create and launch new attacks, with the ability to propogate across the world, in seconds.

What really stood out though was the satisfaction that comes from

digging into the networks, tracing those controlling them and bringing

them to justice. Great work if you ask me, and I reckon that anybody

thinking of getting into the botnet game should think twice knowing

that the likes of Detective Constable Burls are after them.

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