back to article 'Quarter' of TWO-MILLION-strong zombie PC army lured to their deaths

Symantec has claimed credit for luring a significant lump of the powerful ZeroAccess botnet into a sinkhole. ZeroAccess has been active since 2011 and is one of the largest known botnets in existence: it has upwards of 1.9 million infected computers forming its army, all remotely controlled by miscreants. This swarm of PC robots …

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Is ZeroAccess like the Brain-Bug in Starship Troopers?

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Presumably they will sell them back to the NSA then?

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legal?

While I agree in principle with symantecs efforts here, curious as to the legal basis allowing them to take this action? disputing computer communications is surely a crime in most jurisdictions, and who are they to decide when this is an appropriate action?

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Re: legal?

Usually specific permission has to be sought from courts in order to carry out this work.

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Symantec semantics

"....gained control or disabled, in other words - more than half a million bots..."

Since this is Symantec I'll just assume the word "bots" should be replaced with the phrase "home users PC's".

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Re: Symantec semantics

They sold a copy of Symantec super ultra internet security centre deluxe to an infected user, now the computer is too slow to be useful as a bot.

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