How Botnets Are Used


Phishing is a method of credential theft that tricks Internet users into revealing personal or financial information online. Attackers send messages purporting to be from a trusted institution, such as a bank, auction site, online game, or other popular website. These phishing messages—which are often generated and sent by bots, like spam—direct victims to webpages run by the attackers, where they are instructed to submit private information such as login credentials or credit card details. Some malware families, such as Win32/Pushbot, have also been observed to redirect URLs for banking websites in the victim’s browser directly.

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