The Not so Funny Bot Farm And Other Dangerous Antics

Power of upgradingHackers are people just like you and me. The only difference is a few  of their synapses snapped and they set out to make our life miserable. Some tricks are perpetrated, perhaps to get even for some imagined  slight. Others because the hackers are learning coding and bots are a new game, and others just because they can.

What happens is the merry-go-round we create when innocently  opening a mail from them.  Perhaps sharing an image with an ugly  bit of malware attached. Bet, if you are honest, you have found this  cool picture and downloaded it to your computer.

Did you run the img through your updated professional security before opening it? Probably  not. The tendency is to think it comes from an honorable place so it  must be fine. Did you check to make sure it is not copyrighted and your right to public use?

Last week 10khits4unow was paid a visit by a hacker spammer. The  damage done was via email. Tens of thousands of annoying email  messages sent out inviting search engine blacklisting. Suffice it to  say it struck a serious cord about what we all are facing using the  Internet. And that is bots are here to stay.

The Criminal Element

Bots and Botnets are commonly associated with cyber criminals out  to steal data, identities, credit card numbers and worse.

Broadly speaking, a bot is any computer program that runs  automated tasks.   Take the Google bot. It scurries around the net  checking out website pages collecting information for searchers to  find. This one, along with Alexa, are good bots that are familiar to  us. The crawlers and spider bots we hope pay our websites a visit  often.

Scraper Bots

Cheeky spam bots that crawl the web searching out email addresses  with full spam purposes. Others search for twitter handles, blog  comment fields and any other method of contact into which they can  pump spam.

The worst feeders to these attacker bots can be you, the person who  understands how very sensitive your passwords can be. Yet you  spread private information  openly across the many chats to the many bots waiting in hiding just for you.

Good Bots and Bad Bots Online

They not only outnumber us, but account for 61.5% of all internet  traffic. Now that is scary news. This shift in traffic signifies two  things. One an increase in automated traffic, as ecommerce  increases their competitive search methods. And that leads to the  bad bots out to skim information and infiltrate data bases and  computers everywhere.

Incapsula  Blog provides an informative article on the top 10 Bots you should know about. It’s a small world that grows mightily large  when you realize China, Russia and France play a very big role in  data management.

How does this all affect you? The more you know, the easier it is to work with the right ones. Then find a way to block  dangerous bots without closing the door on the  very bots you need to support your efforts.

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