Botnets: Dawn of the undead

Are you harbouring zombies? There's a fair chance you could be, if Paul Judge, the CTO of e-mail security firm CipherTrust, is right - he says that his company's statistics, gathered from its customers and a network of honeytrap PCs, show that a quarter of a million new zombie PCs come online every day.

That's a staggering number, but if you take a look at the log of a firewall connected to almost any ISP's network, it gets a whole lot more believable - all day long, that firewall will be hit by port scans and pings, some harmless, but most representing an infected PC elsewhere on the network trying to propagate its infection. - Dawn of the undead

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 10th February 2006 7:00AM