Botnets Target Websites With 'Posers'
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 02/06/2010 17:09
Tens of thousands of bots are cracking CAPTCHAs and joining websites in order to steal information, extort money
Botnets increasingly are creating phony online accounts on legitimate websites and online communities in order to steal information from enterprises.
This alternative form of targeted attack by botnets has become popular as botnet tools have made bots easier to purchase and exploit. Merrick Furst, botnet expert and distinguished professor of computer science at Georgia Tech, says bots are showing up "en masse" to customer-facing websites -- posing as people.