Attack of the 'Zombies' (and how to respond)

Friday, 16 December 2005, 12:24 AM EST

Today's bots are more powerful and sophisticated than the original distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) "zombies" of 2000 - and therefore much more difficult to defeat. Today's bots-on-steroids can encrypt their communications, employ "Swiss Army knife" feature sets and use peer-to-peer networks to maximize their range and damage. They can scan for hidden vulnerabilities and backdoors, sniff IRC, HTTP and FTP network traffic, harvest e-mails and steal secret passwords.

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