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botnet
Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2004 

A botnet refers to a type of bot running on an IRC network that has been created with a trojan. When an infected computer is on the Internet the bot can then start up an IRC client and connect to an IRC server. The Trojan will also have been coded to make the bot join a certain chat room once it has connected. Multiple bots can then join in one channels and the person who has made them can now spam IRC chat rooms, launch huge numbers of Denial of Service attacks against the IRC servers causing them to go down.

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Bots & Botnet: An Overview (PDF) 
The paper provides brief background into underlying IP protocol, IRC (RFC 2810) and covers the terms used to xplain the operations of bots, the elements involved.

NetCraft News - Botnet with 10,000 Machines Shut Down
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SwatIt Anti Trojan and Bot Scanner and Remover
Swat It is a free program that scans your computer for Trojans, Worms, Bots and other Hacker programs.

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