Understanding and Mitigating Botnet Threats

A botnet is a generic term used to describe a network of machines infected and controlled remotely without their rightful owners' knowledge. The current generation of bots (i.e. Storm Botnet) leverages fairly complex command and control (C&C) systems using existing Peer-to-Peer (P2P) overlay network structures. Thus, chasing down botnet C&C structures has become a futile exercise.