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Re: Black Frog - the botnets keep coming

  • From: william(at)
  • Date: Fri May 26 01:41:22 2006

On Thu, 25 May 2006, Sean Donelan wrote:

Regardless of the numbers, I think we are currently stuck in a very
nasty spot

	1. Reduce the cost of fixing/protecting a computer
	2. or increase the losses from compromised computers

Either way, the consumer will eventually end up paying for it.
Systems eventually get replaced (including home ones), so to keep up
the bot numbers new systems need to be able to be just as unsecure and infectable as old ones. If new systems were 100% protected the number of bots should in theory start to decrease in the same in the rate opposite or close to the rate of infection. That it does not happen
means that either:
1. New systems are still badly engineered as far as security
2. The infections are not as much product of bad system security
design as it is result of social engineering schemes that
certain percent of users are vulnerable to

William Leibzon
Elan Networks
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