Malware Bot Families, Technology and Trends

In case you want to know more about the evolution of bots, and ease of assembling a botnet, why families take the largest zombie share compared to single bachelors only, or which technologies dominate the threatscape - go through the slides of this study on identifying "interesting" bot technologies within a large malware collection. Bot Feature & Technology Trends by Robert Lyda also highlights distribution of bot variants from the following families :

GaoBot
SpyBot
MyTob
PolyBot
PoeBot
gBot
BrepiBot
DanishBot
NetBot
KvdBot
TriBot
TongBot
SdBot
KwBot
BugBot

As well as :

- Emergence of Bots as of eggdrop's 1993 appearance
- 2005 Bot Family Percentage per Month
- Bot Feature Percentage of All Variants
- Bot Feature Percentage Over All Variants
- Bot Technology Trends for 2005
- Bot Packing Analysis
- Prelevance of the Top 12 Packing Tools

To bottom line - bot families result in anti virus software detecting over 200,000 pieces of malware already, trouble is the majority of them have long converted into family members rather than staying bachelors only as it used to be. Malware on demand and Open Source Malware, combined with the ease of packing, are definitely making their impact.

Related resources and posts:
Malware
Splitting a Botnet's Bandwidth Capacity
An Intergalactic Security Statement
Malware Search Engine

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