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The Origin and Evolution of Bot Attacks

by Ken Dunham and Jim Melnick

In this interview, Ken Dunham and Jim Melnick, authors of Malicious Bots: An Inside Look into the Cyber-Criminal Underground of the Internet, provide insightful background on the bot threat. They start with the HangUP Team and some of the early Russian actors as the precursors to so much of the Russian criminal hacking culture that uses botnets today. This leads to a discussion of DDoS attacks for hire. Finally, they analyze the 2007 attacks against Estonia and the recent Russian cyberassault on Georgia.

Listen to The Original and Evolution of Bot Attacks.


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Malicious Bots: An Inside Look into the Cyber-Criminal Underground of the Internet
From Malicious Bots: An Inside Look into the Cyber-Criminal Underground of the Internet by Ken Dunham and Jim Melnick. New York: Auerbach Publications, 2008.
 
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