Skip to comments.Twelve Million Zombie Computers Since January
Posted on 05/07/2009 11:59:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Twelve million computers have been brought into botnets since January, according to a new report and 18% of all zombie machines are in the US.
A new report from security company McAfee says that since January an estimated 12 million computers have been infected with malware and turned into zombies, making them part of botnets, and that these zombie numbers have increased by 50% since last year.
At 18%, the US hosts the largest number of infected machines, followed by China with 13%.
Jeff Green, senior vice-president of McAfee, said:
The massive expansion of these botnets provides cyber-criminals with the infrastructure they need to flood the web with malware."
"Essentially, this is cyber-crime enablement."
Meanwhile, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) is saying in a new paper that the cyberthreats grow ever stronger, and urgent action is needed.
Greg Pellegrino, who is a global public sector industry leader at DTT, told the BBC:
"This issue is moving so quickly, and with so much at stake economically and in terms of safety and security for people, we don't have 100 years to figure this out."
"We are seeing this change from protecting the internet to a conversation about how we succeed and prosper in cyberspace."
"Security spending is growing at a rate never seen before while the threat environment is growing at a pace of 40% a year.
"In terms of volume and severity of incidents, the math doesn't work and we have to come up with a different approach that requires public and private sectors working together."
All this comes as President Obama is preparing to release a review into cybersecurity, which his administration has made a priority.
I am pretty stupid about this stuff. Would you know if your computer was a zombie?
I have a recurring issue on one XP Home laptop. A rootkit is repeatedly infecting atrac.dll; Norton doesn’t seem to even detect it. I got an antivirus from PCTools, and that disables it, but fails to delete or quarantine it. Another computer on the home network is on Symantec and is fine.
Anyone experienced anything similar?
Yes. It start moaning for "brainzzzzz"
With the internet now hooked into everything... trusted to run it all.. it is only time before it became self- aware...
So I suggest life in prison or even capital punishment for hackers who release viruses.
BUT!!! these are the same people who FIND these leaks in the system, so I also suggest a substantial cah reward for anyoine who can find BUT NOT RELEASE a virus loophole.
I worked and went to school with many of these assholes.
The 30 year old living in his parents basement IS correct but there is a mangerial level who control them for these beusinss ventures.
Did it vote for Obama?
PS Regular zombies die when you cut off their head and blow out their brains, how the hell do you kill a zombie computer?
Keep your antivirus current and run a free malware check from time to time and you’ll be fine. Watch for unusual disk or network activity - lights on your router (if you have one) when you’re not expecting them. Maybe it’s Microsoft or RedHat updates; maybe it’s some clown using your box to mail porn or do a denial-of-service attack. You’ll get lots of suggestions on this thread, I haven’t a doubt.
Thank you for the actual helpful post!
Perhaps it’s the malware and virii that is preventing the Net from becoming self-aware.
There are also countries behind such attacks. And I suspect people on competing platforms (Linux, Mac) who do such things in a “foreign” environment (MS) so as not to pee in their own swimming pool.
This wasn’t what I had in mind when I think about fighting “zombies” with my AR.
I had a nasty memory-resident infection of something similar on my computer once.
Remove your current AV, and install Avast and that Malwarebytes software. Both are free for home use.
Run a scan and see if this helps.
Thanks. I did have a trojan the other day (I think that’s the correct term). Luckily I called my son and he walked me thru a cure. It’s only the second thing I’ve ever had in all my years online, but I suspect it was just a matter of time.
It might just be a zombie.
I always wondered - I’ve had this nagging feeling for years that cyber security software companies secretly fund some hackers and virus creators in order to increase business and broaden revenue streams. It’s just a feeling.
Part of the problem is that too much software declares a "right" to go out to the web and report back home or check for updates, etc.
And too much non-threating but nosey java as well.
The fact that people are permitted to put crud on your system, and give it 40 year expiration dates, etc. without your consent is why we are where we are today.
Imagine if ever time you pulled in to get gas, there were people popping your hood to make modifications, putting flyers under your windshield wipers, putting boxes of personal information in your trunk and glove compartment...
I was worried that one of my computers was owned, because occasionally I get an error message saying something like there are two IP addresses on my computer. But I routinely do the spyware checks.
When Microsoft bought Gator, they intially just reclassified it no longer to be considered “malware” in their own adware sensor.
Now there's a comforting thought. Maybe it is self-aware, but not in a healthy way. MAYBE THE ENTIRE INTERNET IS A ZOMBIE!
It'll be in my nightmares tonight. I hope you're happy.
I get frustrated because there are times that I will see activity that lets me know that I am most certainly infected with adware or possibly a virus. And none of the scanners will find it (McAffew antivirus or different adware search programs).
Occasionally I’ll find a program (adware search) that will find it but be unable to remove it.
In those instances, I find no option except to do a clean install (and I use a new drive).
The internet is turning people INTO Zombies. Just like late night tv turned people into vidiots.
Awhile back I had weird messages, my son put in a password or something for the router and now I don’t have that. He said someone was likely tapping into my router to get online (free).
Also on the website I put in the post also has some really good stuff under the “Hot Finds” tab. Also the programs on the website are tested by the members before they are posted.
How about Avast?
I mean this with 100% honesty. I support the Death Penalty for anyone who writes and releases a Virus or Malware. They do hundreds of millions in damage.
Argue all you want, but i’d pull the trigger today. Id also expand the death penalty to include anyone who forces a purse away from an elderly woman. They’ll never be worth a damn either.
You got it, and furthermore, im halfway suspicious of the companies who sell the “cure” software. They sure benefit when a malware or virus goes around. I think they are the releasers sometimes.
“A new report from security company McAfee..”
Yup. No self interest there..
I’m certain the makers of Tamiflu would like to talk to you about swine flu too...
All your byte are belong to us.
I am with you- I once inserted a floppy disk that I had not used for about 5 or 10 years- I wanted to see what was on it before I threw it away- and my anti-virus popped up saying it was infected with some NEW virus and needed their lates software for which i had to renew my subscription...
I downloaded a free copy of Avast...and never got that message and never used that software again
“I always wondered - Ive had this nagging feeling for years that cyber security software companies secretly fund some hackers and virus creators in order to increase business and broaden revenue streams. Its just a feeling.”
They don’t need to. There are plenty of hackers around who get their ego-gratification by doing this kind of stuff. If you ever get into a talk on a message board with one, they’ll brag to high-heaven about what a great thing they have accomplished. Writing something that infects/damages other people’s comuters.
They really don’t get it.
My response is it takes a lot of skill and ability to build a house. It only takes some gas and a match to destroy it (which just about any idiot can master.)
The truth is most malware/virus programs are not that complicated. You find a security hole and you expolit it.
Building a full system or program is much more complicated. Truth is it is beyond the ability of most malware/virus writers. That’s why they are writing virus’ instead of creating systems.
Backup data ONLY. No applications.
Repartition, reformat, reinstall.
"I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure" - Ripley
Then you need to get your son back out there, let him show you what he did, and write down the Username and Password. If your router is locked down, you should be relatively safe as long as you don't surf the "dangerous sites", and you have adequate virus scanning software.
Oh, I have it written down and taped in a safe place. How dumb do I look?! Wait...don’t answer that!
When a Dem gets in trouble the media conveniently forgets to mention the party affiliation in the report. The tech media usually forgets to add “Microsoft” to malware stories.
No painless way, eh?
Thnak you for the advice.
Forgot about Avast. Is it still free for a trial period? Thnak you for the reminder, part of the problem is finding things that you can try before you buy.
Thank you, sounds like a game plan. I’ll get busy this weekend.