Dark fiber: hackers, botnets, cyberwar

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The phenomena of hacking and cybercrime from their origins in the very beginning of the internet have grown exponentially. The future trajectory of cyberwarfare has us all concerned about the safety of our private information.


Hackers are individuals who without authorization use their skills to break into your computer system and collect and destroy information or install dangerous malware without your consent.


Botnets can be used to steal data, send spam, and allows the attacker to access the device and its connection. A ‘malicious’ botnet refers to when it can use illegal and dangerous coding to hack your machine. It can also be known as a “spider”, as it crawls the internet looking for holes in security to exploit. (Norton, 2019).

Ways that we can ultimately improve our privacy online from hackers and botnets include:

  1. Check your social privacy settings
  2. Don’t use public storages for private information
  3. Evade tracking
  4. Keep your main e-mail address and phone number private
  5. Use messaging apps with end-to-end encryption
  6. Use secure passwords
  7. Review permissions for mobile apps and browser extensions

(Kaspersky Daily, 2019).


My remediation is a youtube clip on the dangers of botnets, including tips on how to improve your privacy online:


Norton. 2019. What is a botnet?. Available at: https://au.norton.com/internetsecurity-malware-what-is-a-botnet.html. [Accessed 8 October 2019].

Kaspersky Daily. 2019. 10 tips to improve your Internet privacy. vailable at: https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/privacy-ten-tips-2018/23022/. [Accessed 8 October 2019].

One thought on “Dark fiber: hackers, botnets, cyberwar

  1. Hey Rachel, I honestly found this blog to be the most detailed yet. I really appreciate your guide to improve my online privacy from cyber crimes. After reading this I legitimately updates my privacy settings on Facebook. Your definitions were straight to the point and in simple language anyone can understand. I found your video quite funny and pretty scary too if I had to be honest. It was a very effective way to explain botnets. Overall very impressive blog with nothing to critique, Thank you!


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