Botnets are increasingly been used for nefarious activities these days. These Botnets are openly sold in underground markets existing in cyberspace. Most of these underground markets exist in the hidden Internet that is much difficult to trace and regulate.
Botnets may be used for engaging in hostile activities like cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, cyber attacks upon critical infrastructure, etc. Botnets are also used for committing click frauds to earn illegal revenue from online advertisement providing platforms.
Now it has been reported that Botnets are causing losses upto the extent of $6 million a month for online advertisement industry. The modus operandi of this click fraud involves a bot network that tricks the marketers into serving billions of targeted advertisements to non existing visitors.
The Botnets reportedly relies on more than 120,000 infected Windows computers located in the U.S., and appears to represent a sophisticated scheme to defraud the advertising industry.
At Perry4Law Organisation and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) we believe that the online advertisement industry must come up with innovative security mechanisms to keep Botnets and click frauds at minimum.