Cyber Swachhta Kendra raises alarm over ‘botnet’ malware

Netizens beware when visiting dating sites or dealing with spam emails.

Published: 12th October 2019 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2019 05:44 AM   |  A+A-

Google, Internet scam, Malware

Image for representational purpose only.

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Netizens beware when visiting dating sites or dealing with spam emails. The Cyber Swachhta Kendra, otherwise known as the Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre (BCMAC) of the Central government—has raised an alarm over the Necurs botnet which targets a computer’s operating system and is known for disrupting the malware.

A botnet is a network of robots used to commit cybercrimes. The criminals who control them are known as botmasters or botherders. According to the Cyber Swachhta Kendra, Necurs, the malware distribution system spreads harmful viruses such as Trojans, ransomware, infostealers and cryptocurrency miners. It also has anti-detection capabilities making it hard for traditional antivirus, to identify it.

Users have been recommended to avoid downloading pirated software and use genuine ones instead. The reason is that genuine software is regularly updated with the latest security measures, extending protection to the users.

“Do not download or open an unexpected attachment in emails and also use a strong password,” read the Cyber Swachhta Kendra’s statement.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp