10,352 active botnets (was Re: register.com down sev0?)

Gadi Evron ge at linuxbox.org
Thu Oct 26 07:51:41 UTC 2006

On Thu, 26 Oct 2006, Fergie wrote:
> Jose's numbers are conservative.
> Given some mathematical acrobatics, I'd suggest examining some
> of the (shocking) number sin Microsoft's Security Intelligence
> Report (Google it) -- these are reflective: 
> "Of the 4 million computers cleaned by the company's MSRT
> (malicious software removal tool), about 50 percent (2 million)
> contained at least one backdoor Trojan. While this is a high
> percentage, Microsoft notes that this is a decrease from the
> second half of 2005. During that period, the MSRT data showed
> that 68 percent of machines cleaned by the tool contained a
> backdoor Trojan."
> Ref: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2036439,00.asp
> If you're wondering why DDoS attacks are so effective, look
> no further than your backyard.
> - ferg

Jose may be a bit conservative with numbers, but he has good data and
shares it, which is more than I can say for some people.

Jose is definitely someone who knows what he is talking about when it
comes to botnets.

These numbers are not really relevant in my opinion, but they help get the
message across.


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