Is ZeroAccess like the Brain-Bug in Starship Troopers?
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 …
Presumably they will sell them back to the NSA then?
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?
Usually specific permission has to be sought from courts in order to carry out this work.
"....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".
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.