While the world is holding its breath, wondering whether the Conficker worm is going to do anything dramatic on April 1st (I’m placing money that no computers are reported to have melted by the end of the day, and the Internet won’t have turned to blancmange), perhaps a more important question is: Are we ever going to catch the pond life who wrote it?
Read more in my article on the Dark Reading website.
Mark Perrow, the executive producer of the controversial BBC Click documentary about botnets, published his justification for the programme on the BBC website.
It’s well worth reading if you’re interested in understanding the BBC’s opinion, and checking out other people’s responses, as rather nicely they also gave people the ability to leave comments. And so, naturally, I did.
A 27-year old man from Los Angeles who admitted infecting a quarter of a million computers with malware and stealing the identities and bank account details of thousands, has been sentenced to four years in jail.
John Schiefer pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and wiretapping, after he used a botnet (also known as a zombie network) of computers to commit his crimes.