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#deepweb | Wasp seizes control of victims’ brains to turn them into zombie slaves

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans A newly-discovered member of the Acrotaphus wasp family (Image: Kari Kaunisto) Scientists have discovered a new species of wasp that can seize control of its victim’s brains. Lurking in the dark depths of the Amazon rainforest is a ‘parasitoid’ wasp that can ‘manipulate the behaviour of […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

Hacker Lexicon: Botnets, the Zombie Computer Armies That Earn Hackers Millions

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hacker Lexicon: Botnets, the Zombie Computer Armies That Earn Hackers Millions

ZOMBIE ARMIES AREN’T just invading movie screens these days. They’re also taking over the Internet in the form of massive botnets. A botnet is an army of computers, all infected with the same malware, that gives a bot herder remote control of these computers in order to surreptitiously commandeer them without their owners’ knowledge. The bot herder can send instructions to the network of computers from a command-and-control server to siphon credit card numbers and banking credentials from them or use them to launch DDoS attacks against web sites, deliver spam and other malware to victims, or conduct advertising click fraud. Botnets came up this month in a Senate Judiciary hearing with FBI Director James Comey. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has previously likened botnets to weeds that do “evil things,” asked Comey for his assessment of one of the Internet’s biggest scourges, and Comey replied that there was no such thing as a “good botnet.” “Whether they’re coming at you or whether they’re standing still, it’s bad,” Comey replied. “I don’t know of a good purpose for an army of zombies.” Botnets have been around for more than a decade and have become one of the most popular methods attackers […]

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Conformation: US Military plan CONOP 8888 was developed to fight the Katrina Zombie SyndromeNational Cyber Security

nationalcybersecurity.com – Zombie is a code word among the intellectual elite for mindless, heartless consumer. The characteristics of a zombie are: having a dead brain, a dead heart, and having insatiable appetite. Notice z…

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Microsoft Attacks ‘Army of Zombie Computers

David Anselmi, a Microsoft senior manger of investigations in the company’s Digital Crimes Unit, sits in the DCU lab there Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in Redmond, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)   A major hacking operation involving a worldwide “army of zombie computers” hit a snag yesterday when the FBI, Europol, and Microsoft teamed up to […] View full post on Gregory d. evans