Buzzword: Botnet

Marketplace Staff Jan 12, 2007


The rise of the machines brings us this week’s Marketplace Money buzzword: botnet.

A botnet isn’t an evil cyborg sent from the future, it’s a group of computers which hackers commandeer to send evil viruses and spam, often without the computer owners even knowing.

This week, the security company Postini, said 94 percent of all e-mail sent in December was spam. Botnets were the biggest culprits. They also pump out enough damaging viruses to infect 250,000 computers per day. Thanks to quicker Internet connections, experts say no matter how fast they terminate botnets, they’ll be back.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.