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FBI Tries to Fight Zombie Hoards

The title got my attention. This is from BBC News and you can read the whole story here.

FBI tries to fight zombie hordes

The FBI is contacting more than one million PC owners who have had their computers hijacked by cyber criminals.

The initiative is part of an ongoing project to thwart the use of hijacked home computers, or zombies, as launch platforms for hi-tech crimes.

The FBI has found networks of zombie computers being used to spread spam, steal IDs and attack websites.

The agency said the zombies or bots were “a growing threat to national security”.

Signs of trouble

The FBI has been trying to tackle networks of zombies for some time as part of an initiative it has dubbed Operation Bot Roast.

This operation recently passed a significant milestone as it racked up more than one million individually identifiable computers known to be part of one bot net or another.

The law enforcement organisation said that part of the operation involved notifying people who owned PCs it knew were part of zombie or bot networks. In this way it said it expected to find more evidence of how they are being used by criminals.

“The majority of victims are not even aware that their computer has been compromised or their personal information exploited,” said James Finch, assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division.

Many people fall victim by opening an attachment on an e-mail message containing a virus or by visiting a booby-trapped webpage.

Many hi-tech criminals are now trying to subvert innocent webpages to act as proxies for their malicious programs.

Many bots are used to send out junk mail or spam
Once hijacked, PCs can be used to send out spam, spread spyware or as repositories for illegal content such as pirated movies or pornography.

Those in charge of botnets, called botherders, can have tens of thousands of machines under their control.

Operation Bot Roast has resulted in the arrest of three people known to have used bot nets for criminal ends.

June 15, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Counter-terrorism, Crime, Customer Service, Detective/Mystery, Financial Issues, News, Political Issues, Social Issues, Technical Issue, Tools, Uncategorized

6 Comments »

  1. LOOOOL – “BOT ROAST” – am falling off my chair laughing. Only the feebs.

    Comment by sparkleplenty | June 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. I’m so glad you got it – “Zombie” caught my eye, but “bot roast” sealed the deal. I thought it was hilarious!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 16, 2007 | Reply

  3. Yeah, I wasn’t going to bring up the scary zombie thing – at least it wasn’t bears or lions! (off to p/u M&P – was just checking flight info and checked your blog, too…. should be a fun weekend – wish you guys were here!)

    Comment by sparkleplenty | June 16, 2007 | Reply

  4. I wish I were there, too! It’s Arts Fest weekend, as well as the christening of sweet L.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 16, 2007 | Reply

  5. Yawn. I’m sure it will be every bit as effective at controlling the American cyber-criminals as the “You CAN Spam” law of 2003 has been.

    Comment by Fred | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thanks for coming by, Fred.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 22, 2007 | Reply


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