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London the PC zombie capital



 
 
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Old September 19th 05, 06:06 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,uk.telecom.mobile
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19 September 2005
Zombies take hold of London

By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service and Kieren McCarthy, Techworld

London is the zombie capital of the world, with approximately 150,000
PCs secretly controlled by hackers, Symantec has revealed.

And the UK - thanks mostly to the rapid growth of broadband - is
officially the worst bot-infected place on the globe. Somewhat
bizarrely the obscure city of Winsford in Cheshire is the world's
second biggest hotspot for zombies, according to Symantec, followed by
Seoul in Korea.

The anti-virus company estimates that nearly a third of the between one
and two million computers worldwide infected with the bot software are
now located in the UK. Eight percent of them alone are in London,
according to Dean Turner, senior manager of the Symantec Security
Response team.

"Bot networks are valuable for a couple of reasons: One, because they
allow for extremely rapid propagation, and two, because they provide a
relatively high level of anonymity for providing attacks," he said.

On average more than 10,000 bot-infected machines were active each day
during the first six months of the year, an increase of more than 140
percent over the preceding six months, according to Turner.

These networks of zombie computers have become a weapon of choice for
spammers and phishers as well as attackers looking to swamp a victim's
server with a denial of service attack.

The US and China were the second-largest and third-largest providers of
bot-infected systems, with 19 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

London is considered one of the largest hub cities on the Internet,
with a total of 1.1Tbit/s of international bandwidth available in the
city.

Use of DSL (digital subscriber line) broadband has been growing rapidly
throughout the UK. Earlier this year, BT announced that it had more
than doubled its DSL connections over the previous year's number,
reaching a total of five million lines 12 months earlier than expected.

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Old September 19th 05, 06:42 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,uk.telecom.mobile
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Default London the PC zombie capital

In article .com,
says...

19 September 2005
Zombies take hold of London


Do you have a URL to this article please?
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Old September 19th 05, 06:59 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,uk.telecom.mobile
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On Mon, 19 Sep 2005 17:42:28 +0100, ComPCs
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In article .com,
says...

19 September 2005
Zombies take hold of London


Do you have a URL to this article please?


Google is your friend

http://www.techworld.com/networking/...fm?NewsID=4422

Me
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Old September 19th 05, 07:09 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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On 19 Sep 2005 17:42, ComPCs wrote:

says...

19 September 2005
Zombies take hold of London


Do you have a URL to this article please?


http://www.techworld.com/security/ne...fm?NewsID=4422

"By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service and Kieren McCarthy, Techworld"
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Old September 19th 05, 07:11 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,uk.telecom.mobile
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In article ,
says...


Google is your friend

http://www.techworld.com/networking/...fm?NewsID=4422

it may well be, but it is also common courtesy to post a link to an
article from which you are quoting. Nonethless, thank you for your help.
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Old September 19th 05, 07:28 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,uk.telecom.mobile
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bizarrely the obscure city of Winsford in Cheshire is the world's
second biggest hotspot for zombies


What shocks me is Winsford being classed as a city !

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Old September 19th 05, 07:52 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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On 19 Sep 2005 18:28, Colin Wilson wrote:

What shocks me is Winsford being classed as a city !


I thing US journalists don't know the word "town" at all...
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Old September 19th 05, 10:10 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,uk.telecom.mobile
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"tarzan" wrote in message
oups.com...
19 September 2005
Zombies take hold of London

By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service and Kieren McCarthy, Techworld

London is the zombie capital of the world, with approximately 150,000
PCs secretly controlled by hackers, Symantec has revealed.


The biggest problem i normally come across is people installing really
****ty anti virus and firewall software, which is so bloated it barely
works, hooks itself onto every aspect of the operating system, screwing up
peoples installs, and slowing down their PCs as much as the worst spyware.

Gaz


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Old September 19th 05, 10:29 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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On Mon, 19 Sep 2005 18:52:53 +0100, poster
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I thing US journalists don't know the word "town" at all...


indeed, they have cities of 1000 people that we would call a village,
for example http://www.city-data.com/city/Thomps...th-Dakota.html

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Old September 20th 05, 12:07 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,uk.telecom.mobile
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Default London the PC zombie capital

Gaz wrote:
"tarzan" wrote in message
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19 September 2005
Zombies take hold of London

By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service and Kieren McCarthy, Techworld

London is the zombie capital of the world, with approximately 150,000
PCs secretly controlled by hackers, Symantec has revealed.


The biggest problem i normally come across is people installing really
****ty anti virus and firewall software, which is so bloated it barely
works, hooks itself onto every aspect of the operating system,
screwing up peoples installs, and slowing down their PCs as much as
the worst spyware.
Gaz


It would have been more helpful if you could have detailed what this ****ty
software is, so we can avoid it.


 




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