Perhaps you’ve heard of a “Botnet Attack” but hopefully haven’t experienced one first hand. This term has been making its way around the cybersecurity industry and the experts at RedBird Technology are here to break down what it means. Below we will explain what a botnet attack is, how to prevent one and more.
What is a Botnet Attack?
A Botnet Attack is derived from the words “robot network.” A botnet attack is usually a large group of malware-infected devices that are controlled by a single operator. A botnet attack is a cyber attack carried out by malware-infected devices that are controlled remotely. When an attacker gets ahold of a compromised device, they then launch a large-scale attack to disrupt services, commit user credential theft and gain access to private data. When a botnet attack is happening, the attacker has the ability to take control of devices remotely, which can wreak havoc on an organization’s systems. A botnet attack grows stronger based on the number of infected machines it controls. Once a machine is compromised, it acts as a “zombie bot” for the botnet controller.
Should a business or organization be worried about a Botnet Attack?
The short answer is yes, businesses and organizations need to be made aware of this potential cybersecurity threat. Botnet attacks and the malware used to carry out the attack are becoming more sophisticated with time. What’s worse is the scale that a botnet attack can make in such a short time. Cyber criminals use a botnet attack to compromise devices, distribute more malware to other devices to recruit more zombie bots. This is a huge issue in the industry and one that RedBird Technology keeps a close eye on. A botnet attack also makes your systems more vulnerable to future data breaches in the future.
How common are Botnet Attacks?
With so many of our devices connected to one another, you’d be surprised how vulnerable we are to botnet attacks. One factor that you may have never considered is how many of our devices are connected at once due to smart home or enterprise devices. For example, many of our devices are connected to control a slew of home features, like lights, appliances, thermostats, digital assistants and more. Infrastructure organizations have also moved to suites of connected devices, especially in the healthcare industry. Any one of these devices that are connected to the internet are vulnerable to a potential botnet attack.
How to prevent a Botnet Attack
While there isn’t a one-size fits all answer to this question, we do recommend putting the necessary systems into place to prevent a botnet attack. Always train your employees to beware of phishing scams, which can lead to a botnet attack infiltration. Promote good cybersecurity practices within your organization, like never accessing unsecure networks and also changing your device passwords regularly. Enable multi factor authentication processes on your device to increase security.
The threat of a botnet attack is out there now more than ever. Take the necessary steps to prevent one happening with your company. To learn more about how RedBird Technology can help your company, please contact us today. Visit our website, or give us a call at 844-845-4357.