It Must Be Zombie Season
Microsoft is kicking off an Internet security education campaign today aimed at spotlighting the role of the oft-overlooked workhorse of Internet crime -- the Zombie.
Not to be confused with the moaning, drooling, and flesh-eating monsters traditionally associated with Halloween and low-budget undead flicks, computer zombies are home PCs that have been compromised by a computer virus or Trojan horse and forced to participate in any number of ghastly deeds online, from sending out spam to hosting phishing Web sites to launching denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.
Microsoft attorney Tim Cranton said the company obtained a copy of a computer virus that attackers had used to turn at least one computer into a spam-relaying zombie. Microsoft then used it to intentionally infect a single test computer with the bug and monitor it for nearly three weeks in hopes of finding out who was pulling the strings. Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer Security - (washingtonpost.com)
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