and here are some answers [was: Quarantine your infected users spreading malware]
robt at cymru.com
Tue Feb 21 06:21:47 UTC 2006
The vast majority of what I see is based on financial gain.
Popping a web+database server, installing a rootkit, and
transferring off the day's business transactions is a lot more
certain than popping 10K Windows boxes and hoping the users go
shopping. Yep, seen it more than once. Check your PHP-based
According to the criminals, Internet-wide mayhem would really
get in the way of the revenue stream. They need a stable
Internet to get the cash.
Cleaning out bank accounts is more lucrative than one might
suspect. The current record observed by us is approximately US
$3M in one take. Most of them are much smaller. That bothers
me more, actually. What person with only US $800 to their name
has a hope of rapid response to the loss of all their cash?
Just to be clear I agree that home users using Windows are at
risk for all sorts of nasty things, and they need help. I also
didn't want folks to believe that it is a problem related to
one OS or demographic. It's a problem of crime, mostly.
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