New security nightmare: robot networks

Friday, 7 October 2005, 10:45 AM EST

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) views botnets as a major threat to the national networking infrastructure, in part because the DDoS attacks can disrupt industries that have a commercial presence on the Internet or rely on the Internet for command-and-control purposes. These hacker-controlled zombie computers can overload business Web sites with so many access requests that they are forced offline.

By Jack M. Germain at NewsFactor.

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