Uninformed: Informative Information for the Uninformed

Vol 1» 2005.May


Social Zombies: Aspects of Trojan Networks
warlord
Malicious code is so common in today's Internet that it seems impossible for an average user to keep his or her system clean. It's estimated that several hundred thousand machines are infected by trojans to be abused in a variety of ways, including the theft of money and confidential data as well as extortion, spam, and a whole plethora of further ways. Most often the infected hosts are linked into simple botnets to provide an easy way for the botnet manager to command his zombie army. This article describes ways to form far more effective networks than the ones in use today by the means of stealth, deception, and cryptography.
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