The anatomy of a bot
Once malicious software has been installed on the victim’s computer, it creates stealer logs or documents where it collects all the stolen data. Like a well-trained dog, the virus sniffs through the computer and detects valuable information about the victim and their hardware. All the stolen data creates a person’s digital identity.
Methodology of the research
The data about bot markets was compiled in partnership with independent third-party researchers specializing in cybersecurity incident research. No information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual was collected, reviewed, or otherwise involved when performing the research and preparing the study. Moreover, the researchers did not access the dark web. Data was received on September 29, 2022.
The business of selling bot logs
How to keep yourself safe
Your digital safety depends on a few things: your online habits and the tools you use for protection.
Maintain digital hygiene
You should never click on suspicious links or download files from shady websites and torrent clients. They’re unsafe and illegal – in other words, a perfect nest for malicious software.
Use a password manager
You should avoid saving passwords in your browser – a virus could instantly steal them. We recommend using a password manager such as NordPass. It will protect your credentials with an extra layer of encryption.
Use threat protection
A threat protection tool blocks online trackers, scans files for malware, and stops potential malware attacks. Combined with a strong antivirus, this tool becomes a malware antidote you won’t regret having.
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