Spain is home to some of the largest botnets in the world

Spain is home to some of the largest botnets in the world

Spain is home to some of the largest botnets in the world

In the list of countries and cities with the most botnets we find all kinds of places, even some that could be very close to you.

A botnet is a set of computers that are remotely controlled by a single person or organization, usually with the aim of carrying out a DDOS attack against a server.

In DDOS attacks, a server receives continuous requests from a large number of systems, to the point that it cannot respond to all of them. Unlike a DOS attack, DDOS are distributed, that is, they come from different networks and from different parts of the world.

Botnets behind DDOS attacks

It is for all this that botnets are gaining special importance in recent years as a tool to carry out attacks on all types of servers, and any self-respecting attacker. will have access to some botnet if you want to succeed in your attack.

But are botnets something close, something to be concerned about? Well, it is possible that your computer is part of a botnet, and you do not know it. Those behind a DDOS attack never use their own systems, but use zombie or infected computers to which they can send orders remotely.

So if your system has been infected with some malware, it is possible that is being used by a stranger to attack another stranger And yes, when I say your system, I mean it literally, because although the traditional image we have of botnets are of infected computers in China or other Asian countries where security is minimal, the reality is that in the rest of the world we cannot either to show off.

The cities with the most botnets in your network

This is stated by the Symantec researchers, who have published the results of their new research in the form of an interactive map in which we can see the concentration of botnets in EMEA (Europe, Africa and the Middle East), revealing a couple of surprises.

If there is one country that dominates in terms of botnets, that is Turkey, although I don’t think it’s something that its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, can boast about. Istanbul is the city with the most botnets of the entire EMA, and the capital Ankara is just behind. Such a number of zombie computers does not speak very well of the security of the country’s network in both private and government computers.

Remember that Wikileaks recently published a huge number of emails from the government and the ruling party, the AKP, so we can conclude that, at least until recently, security was not a priority in Turkey.

How Spain compares botnets with its neighbors

But perhaps more striking is the appearance of other countries where we supposedly know better, and yes, I am talking about Spain. According to Symantec, Spain is the sixth country with the largest bot population in the entire EMEA, surpassed by France, Germany, Hungra and Italy.

As for cities, Madrid is in eighth positionTherefore, we can easily reach the conclusion that Spanish botnets are more spread throughout the territory.

An interesting aspect is the density of bots, that is, what percentage of connected computers in a country are bots, and in this case Hungra wins on the street; curiously, Mnaco is in second position, which tells us that not even the rich are saved from being infected.


With the arrival of the Internet of Things, attackers are seeing golden opportunities to take control of many devices capable of connecting to the Internet and making requests to servers; So it would not be surprising that in the coming years the panorama will continue to change.