By Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Jan Gassen, Elmar Gerhards-Padilla, Peter Martini (auth.)

Malware poses one of many significant threats to all presently operated computers. the size of the matter turns into visible by means of the worldwide financial loss as a result of other forms of malware, that's predicted to be greater than US$ 10 billion each year. Botnets, a different form of malware, are used to harvest monetary profits by means of criminals in addition to for politically prompted actions. not like different kinds of malware, botnets make the most of a hidden conversation channel to obtain instructions from their operator and converse their present prestige. the facility to execute nearly arbitrary instructions at the contaminated machines makes botnets a general-purpose software to accomplish malicious cyber-activities.

Botnets provides a complete research of the subject, and includes either technical and non-technical sections written through prime cybersecurity experts.

The non-technical part addresses how botnet infrastructure may be exploited for nationwide safeguard and cybercrime reasons. It methods the topic as a public coverage factor and analyzes the phenomenon of botnets from nationwide protection, legislation enforcement and regulatory coverage views, and makes techniques for policy-makers on various public regulations, highlighting the necessity for foreign reaction mechanisms.

The technical part presents perception into present botnet suggestions and discusses cutting-edge countermeasures to wrestle the botnet possibility intimately. It contains new detection tools in addition to assorted methods to actively compromise operating botnets.

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In contrast to other kinds of malware, botnets utilize a hidden communication channel to receive commands from their operator and communicate their current status. The ability to execute almost arbitrary commands on the infected machines makes botnets a general-purpose tool to perform malicious cyber-activities. In this context, botnets are used for example by individual perpetrators, organized crime as well as governmentally supported organizations, in order to achieve individual gains. This chapter gives a technical insight into current botnet techniques and discusses state of the art countermeasures to combat the botnet threat in detail.

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