Internet facilitates our daily activities but it also provides a set of challenges and leaves us vulnerable to cyberattacks. Hacking provides broader opportunities for the cybercriminals to get access to confidential information like credit card details including pin numbers, bank account details, email account details and all other personal information.
Malware is one of the greatest weapons in the hacker’s arsenal and has been one of the most common ways of cyberattack. In fact, according to Accenture, cyberattacks have cost organizations nearly $11.7 million on average annually. While the internet is flooded with various threats to online security, there are many threats that emerge from productive technologies.
Botnet is one such example of how an impactful technology can be used for malicious purposes, breaching security to get hold of confidential information. Hackers are now using botnets to automate the process of hacking into various networks.
Recently Boston-based Cybereason in their latest research found out that low-level hackers are increasingly using botnets to hack into data and systems. The research firm discovered it when the company developed a trap to detect or counteract attempts made at unauthorized use of data and information called honeypot.
Disguised as data from a financial services company, Cybereason released information such as usernames and passwords for three servers in their network. Within days several botnet user accounts entered the system and it became clear that unlike earlier when only advanced attackers had the capability to conduct such attacks, botnet has made it easy for low-level attackers to get hold of data.