Online Tool Developed to Check for Botnet Activity

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It is estimated that 1 in 4 computers on the internet today are part of a botnet. After observing bot activity from thousands of compromised computers, local administrator develops easy way to check for botnet activity.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 computers on the internet today are part of a botnet. After observing bot activity from thousands of compromised computers, local administrator develops easy way to check for botnet activity.

A botnet is a group of computers (bots) networked together and controlled by someone other than the owner of the computer. Systems Security Administrator Rusty Crawford states, "After attempting to notify thousands of owners of automated bot activity coming from their compromised computers, it was obvious this is a growing problem and a solution was needed. The majority of the public is not even aware that their computers have been infected and are a part of botnet activity."

Botnetchecker.com has developed a "honeynet" to detect and analyze bot activity. As new bots are detected, they are added to the lists at botnetchecker.com. It is free to visit botnetchecker.com and just by visiting the site an IP will be cross checked for bot activity. If botnetchecker.com detects bot activity a red warning is shown on the screen. Links are provided to information and tools that can help safely remove the offending programs from the infected computer.

Botnetchecker.com does not block anything. It is simply a free tool to help identify if the computer IP used is, or has been, involved in botnet activities on the internet. Botnetchecker.com obviously does not have a list for every bot on the internet but the "honeynet" is detecting new ones all the time. Crawford recommends bookmarking and using botnetchecker.com on a regular basis.

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