One quarter of all computers are internet zombies

What does this mean to you? That one in four of you are reading this on a computer that you think you own and control, but that is really an infected zombie (and Typhoid Mary) controlled by a black hat “Bot-Herder”.

Vint Cerf: one quarter of all computers part of a botnet

Cerf told his listeners that approximately 600 million computers are connected to the Internet, and that 150 million of them might be participants in a botnet—nearly all of them unwilling victims. Weber remarks that “in most cases the owners of these computers have not the slightest idea what their little beige friend in the study is up to.”

Ars Technica also asks …

What is it that keeps the “botherders” so fascinated with amassing large flocks like modern-day, digital shepherds? Money. Once millions of “little beige friends” have been compromised with bot software, the creators can then use or rent the network to deliver spam, denial of service attacks, and log passwords and usernames.

Ohh there is more than just stealing a few passwords going on here. There is a theory bouncing around here and there that the “Hot Stock” penny stock emails are the big money makers.

A broker buys heavily into a very cheap stock. This broker then hires a botnet to mass mail enticements to buy into this latest so-called “hot stock”. Which did go up in value when the broker bought in so heavily.

So the suckers oops! investors “buy in” causing the stock to again go up in value just a bit more. The unscrupulous broker then dumps the stock, and the stock tanks.

But the broker has already bought his next block of worthless stock and is already mailing out another “Hot Stock” recommendation to pump and dump the Web 2.0 way!.

This is serious money – Wall Street money.

Of course this whole thing leaves the enticed buyers holding the proverbial bag – filled with a pile of worthless stock. And the clueless SEC is busy jailing Martha and chasing Jobs for a few thousand bucks.

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