Hacker arrestedDate: March 22, 2006
Source: Herald Sun
The Belgian Federal Computer Crime unit tipped Australian authorities off to the attacks, which used remotely controlled computer networks known as botnets.
The US, Singapore and Austria also were affected by the hacking attacks on Australian IRC servers.
Botnets are made up of bots, which spread by taking advantage of common vulnerabilities on unprotected computers, and can attack servers in their tens of thousands.
Once on a host computer, most often personal home machines, they lay dormant and wait for a remote command.
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