Security Alert: When Bots Attack
The malicious code snuck through Auburn University's firewall and onto one of the school's lab PCs in an electronic message. On that September day in 2004, Auburn's network security specialist, Mark Wilson, watched from his computer what happened next.
The message contained a link, an invitation to visit a Web site that the PC's owner, possibly a student, found too enticing to resist. He or she couldn't know that clicking this link would download dirty code, letting it burrow into the PC through an unpatched bug in the Microsoft Windows operating system. Security Alert: When Bots Attack
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