Tech industry group battles botnets

[IDG] Several ISPs and Internet companies will meet in San Francisco early next year to adopt a common strategy for combating botnets, the remotely controlled networks that are used to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks and massive spam campaigns.During their general meeting next February, members of the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), formed in 2004, will discuss ways to mitigate and neutralize botnets, which increasingly have become a preferred method of attack for spammers and hackers looking to conduct DDoS attacks. Botnets generally comprise thousands of malware-infected zombie computers that are controlled remotely by a host to carry out a wide array of seemingly untraceable attacks. Botnets often are difficult to shut down because users of infected machines many times have no idea their machines are being used as part of a malicious network.

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