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# botnet - Monday 4 July, 2016

Now webcams are being used by hackers to attack websites

Thousands of cameras and internet-connected devices were used to overwhelm banking sites and government institutions with fake traffic.

# botnet - Thursday 28 May, 2015

This hugely popular Chrome extension could use your computer to hack websites

Hola is selling its users’ bandwidth.

# botnet - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Death of computer network which sent out 18 per cent of world's spam

A collaborative effort has seen the shutdown of the third largest spam botnet in the world.

# botnet - Thursday 29 July, 2010

POLICE IN SLOVENIA have arrested a computer hacker who they believe is responsible for unleashing a virus that affected over 12 million computers across the world.

It is believed that the 23-year-old is the creator of the programme behind the Mariposa Virus – otherwise known as the “butterfly bot” – which was developed to steal financial details and was even found in the systems of banks and major companies.

The programme was a so-called “botnet”; a malicious virus that can be remotely controlled by hackers and programmed to do a range of tasks from sending spam emails to collecting bank information.

Three men were arrested in Spain last year in connection with managing the Mariposa Virus.

The virus’s code was reportedly changed every 48 hours to deceive anti-virus software programmes. However, botnets become faster to detect the wider they spread across networks, and the Mariposa Virus spread unusually far.

The arrested man had not been identified, and is known only as “Iserdo”.