For years botnet empires have plagued businesses and governments. As noted by director of cyber security solutions of Palo Alto Networks Alex Raistrick during an interview with V3, this is because botnets have the potential to cause lasting damage to their victims and are being used by criminals in a number of ways.

“As one of the most sophisticated types of modern malware, botnets are an immense cyber security concern to governments, enterprises and individuals. Financial botnets, like the Zeus botnet, have been responsible for attacks involving millions of dollars stolen directly from multiple enterprises over very short periods of time,” he said.

“The Cutwail botnet (email spam botnet) can send up to 74 billion messages per day, often including malware. They are also [being] used to spread bots to recruit more computers to the botnet.”

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