I've always been interested in Botnet research, and a piece of code in circulation on forums at the moment seemed interesting enough to write about. The subject is "Pastebin Botnets", but first we'd better talk a little bit about Pastebins...
Pastebins - what are they?
A pastebin, also known as a nopaste, is a web application which allows its users to upload snippets of text, usually samples of source code, for public viewing. It is very popular in IRC channels where pasting large amounts of text is considered bad etiquette. A vast number of pastebins exist on the Internet, suiting a number of different needs and provided features tailored towards the crowd they focus on most.
Pastebins have become very popular in certain hacking communities, where quick and easy sharing of a targets personal information ("Dox") is perfectly at home in the world of pastebins.