What good are 1,000 remote-controlled PCs?


A few weeks ago, a Los Angeles man was arrested and charged with creating a 400,000-PC-strong botnet, then using it to spread adware and break into various U.S. government computer systems. Botnets are distributed networks of computers that are linked to a common source, be it a criminal hacker (cracker) or a corporate entity. Sony's recent root kit-powered DRM technology could become the foundation for a new botnet itself. Botnets have been around since the late 1990s but have only recently become worth owning, selling, or trading. What good are 1,000 remote-controlled PCs? Let's find out. Security Watch: What good are 1,000 remote-controlled PCs? - CNET reviews

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 24th November 2005 10:51AM