Lots and Lots of Bots: Looking at Botnet Activity in 2021

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A botnet today can be used as a foundation for bad actors to carry out other attacks later

Botnets continue to be a major problem for cybersecurity teams. With the growth in sophisticated threats, botnets are becoming more malicious, sometimes able to create hundreds of thousands of drones that can attack a variety of machines, including Mac systems, Linux, Windows systems, edge devices, IoT devices, and so on.

Examining threat trends around botnet activity is helpful because it provides a glimpse into the malicious activities tied to Command and Control tactics. In the first half of 2021, the percentage of organizations detecting botnet activity jumped from 35% to 51%, according to the latest global threat landscape report from FortiGuard Labs.