Microsoft released its 9th Security Intelligence report focused on computer infections and botnets.
In 3 months alone, Microsoft doubled an important and staggering number. Yes, from April-June 2010, Microsoft cleaned 6.5 million computers from a botnet computer infection.
What is a botnet? Basically, you think your computer is in your command because it appears to be. However, behind the scenes it is a zombie under the control of cybercriminals. They can use your computer to hide behind to do their evil bidding - spamming others, infecting others, attacking systems.
What can you do?
1. Pay attention to your computer - is it suddenly slow? Do you hear it accessing the hard drive but you are not running anything?
2. Are your browsers, antivirus, and software up to date?
3. Practice safe surfing - don't click on links or open attachments without thinking twice about it