Botneters continue to catch on that using Internet Relay Chat is a poor method for the command and control of their botnets. Many corporations and institutions are blocking IRC ports and ISPs are starting to investigate abnormal amounts of IRC traffic to find and block infected machines from the Internet.
Computer Security Researchers and law enforcement are also getting serious about busting botnets and have been having an easy time of infiltrating IRC based botnets to collect incriminating information on their owners.
We’re now starting to see HTTP used to control botnets. The more sophisticated hearders are even starting to use encryption and other methods to hide their traffic and commands.
While it’s starting to look like an arms race the government isn’t falling behind. Prosecutions are up and convictions are coming with longer sentences.
WyldRyde has never permitted botneters to use our servers and reports all illegal activities such as this to authorities.
Filed Under: IRC News