Net of the Living Dead: Bots, Botnets and Zombies

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Executive Summary

Organized crime long ago discovered the Internet's profit potential, and has succeeded not only in recruiting the necessary expertise to exploit that potential, but in capturing and subverting a significant quantity of innocent Internet-attached systems and, in the process, acquiring the owners of those systems as unwitting Although they are grouped under the name "Bot", these do not constitute a single class of malware like viruses or worms, though they are usually considered to belong to the general class of Trojans. Some bots have replicative mechanisms, so also meet the definition of a worm or mass mailer, whereas others rely for propagation on external mechanisms such as spamming.

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