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Botnet Infection Takes Less Than Five Minutes to Infect the System

According to reports released by the security researchers of Microsoft's Internet Safety Enforcement Team, the average time a botnet takes to infect a computer is less than five minutes.

The researchers also stated that botnets have advanced so rapidly in recent months that it has become harder to detect them. In 2007, botnets started using a technique called fast-flux in which a rapidly changing series of Internet addresses are generated that make spotting and blocking of a botnet attack more difficult.

Though experts have reduced the size of botnets to approximately 300,000 PCs, it continues to be twice the total number detected in 2007.

However, the exact numbers might be far more. Microsoft researchers, who trace about 1,000 botnets at any point of time, stated th...

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