Understanding Botnets

Arguably, the popularity of Botnets over IRC (Internet Relay Chat – IRC, is a form of real-time messaging or synchronous conferencing over the Internet) stemmed over a decade ago with the EggDrop bot. The ‘EggDrop’ bot (circa 1994) was a non-malicious automated program that could enter an IRC channel and offer various automation and information services to users such as conversation logging, information lookups and replaying IRC command sequences. Eventually EggDrop evolved and was able to connect to other EggDrop bots located on different IRC channels and servers, creating a type of overlay network.

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