The original Mirai Botnet was released in 2016 and had taken control over many computers and had wrought unprecedented damage to the Internet. It was designed by Paras Jha who was an undergraduate at Rutgers at the time and who launched attacks at his own university to convince them to hire him to mitigate those attacks.
There are many online and telephone scams and blackmail schemes. Learn about some of these and learn how to protect yourself with strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
It never ceases to amaze me how malware can get into your computer. The other day I was downloading Google Chrome for a customer from a malicious website. I was in a hurry and did not check the website URL. Before I knew it, I had downloaded 75 malware programs and viruses in a few seconds. I then spent the next 15 minutes removing them. It seems that hackers are using malware to take over the cyber world. 8 million new variants per month are infecting computers. That’s right, malware does mutate to catch your computer and anti-virus protection off guard.