My real life battle with spyware

This is not your typical article on spyware. Instead, it's a modern day parable of my own recent experience with a crippling spyware infestation, with some important lessons for sysadmins of all types to learn as a result of my somewhat embarrassing mistakes.

How it happened

...Against my better judgment, I downloaded the file to my local machine, and ran the patch. Unfortunately, the patch was actually a Trojan, and it proceeded to download a load of particularly nasty spyware on my machine without my knowledge. As soon as I realised what was happening I powered down the machine (literally pulling the plug), but it was too late. The infection had already spread into core components of the operating system. PC Advisor

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 26th August 2006 3:48AM