In this series of articles, you will be exposed to the dark side of the Internet. Through interviews, independent research and real-world examples, you will experience the dangers of the World Wide Web.Travel with me down the “rabbit hole” as we explore the dark side of the Internet. Let me set the stage. Before sharing stories about who is trying to steal your information and how they do it, I need to introduce you to our company of virtual world villains.
Most users have no idea really how dangerous it can be to navigate the Internet or how easy it is for bad guys to steal your personal information. One simple exploit example could be a Bot Herder using automated techniques to locate a computer, your computer, on the Internet, and install a simple bot(1). Once that happens, the Bot Herder is able to control your system at will; it becomes a zombie. Most people will not even be aware of that it happened until you log int your credit card account to find out that you have been buying cell phones in Mexico.
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Meet the Cast of Characters
- DarkBot is a BotMaster from parts unknown, she is on the forefront of the cyber war. A college dropout who in her spare time likes to listen to stolen trash metal mp3s, collect Hello Kitty figurines and burns pirated copies of Disney movies which she shares with the rest of the world on limeWire.
(1) BotNets according to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet is jargon for a collection of robots commonly referred to as bots.