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Zombies in a sinkhole

October 3, 2013

Symantec claimed a major win against the ZeroAccess BotNet. Zombies are related to botnets as slave machines controlled by a master.

So Symantec is a zombie killer in The Register: “‘Quarter’ of TWO-MILLION-strong zombie PC army lured to their deaths: Pied piper Symantec says it led infected computers into sinkhole” By John Leyden – and in V3: “Symantec sink holes 500,000 zombie machines enslaved by ZeroAccess botnet” by Alastair Stevenson

Interesting to think of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, luring children away with music. And then once lured away, drop a sinkhole under them. The Earth can just swallow them up… because their parents didn’t pay for services:

the piper is a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizenry refuses to pay for this service, he retaliates by turning his magic on their children, leading them away as he had the rats.

I guess the lesson is, don’t forget to pay for Symantec. Or is this just fearmongering advertising? How much of the hacker-threat is created to sell security services?

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