Asstroturfer Erik Funkenbusch wrote on behalf of micoshaft corporation:
> On Tue, 17 Oct 2006 09:53:59 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Is the Botnet Battle Already Lost?
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| It's dress-down Friday at Sunbelt Software's Clearwater, Fla.,
>>| headquarters. In a bland cubicle on the 12th floor, Eric Sites
>>| stares at the screen of a "dirty box," a Microsoft Windows
>>| machine infected with the self-replicating Wootbot network worm.
>>| Botnets filled---and easily replenished---with compromised
>>| Windows have emerged as the key hub for well-organized crime
>>| rings around the globe, using stolen bandwidth from drone
>>| zombies to make money from nefarious Internet activity,
>>| according to security experts tracking the threat.
>>| Statistics from multiple sources justify Evron's pessimism.
>>| According to data culled from Microsoft's MSRT (Malicious
>>| Software Removal Tool), back-door Trojans and bots represent
>>| a "significant and tangible threat to Windows users."
>>| Since the first iteration of the MSRT in January 2005, the
>>| tool has removed at least one Trojan from about 3.5 million
>>| unique computers. Of the 5.7 million infected Windows
>>| machines, about 62 percent was found with a Trojan or bot.
>>| During the attack, which exploited a Windows Server Service
>>| vulnerability, security researchers at the German Honey-net
>>| Project discovered that hijacked PCs were being used to
>>| install ad-serving software from DollarRevenue, a company
>>| that pays between a penny and 30 cents per installation.
>>| Within 24 hours, the IRC-controlled botnet seized control of
>>| more than 7,700 machines. During a four-day stretch, the
>>| researchers counted about 9,700 infections from a single
>>| command-and-control center and calculated that the attacker
>>| earned about $430 in commissions from DollarRevenue alone.
>> I think I have seen this article before, but the date is current.
> Doesn't stop you from posting it, though, does it?
This is what we call the arrogance of Redmondians.
Trying to hide the true nature of flippy floppy windope
OSes and the harm in perpetuating spam through owned
windope bot nets.