Australian Government Fed Up With Zombies, Gets Proactive With Software

from the if-the-ISPs-won't-do-it... dept

It appears that the Australian government is fed up with the fact that ISPs aren't going out and stopping zombiefied computers from connecting to the internet. They've gone and written their own application to identify likely zombie victims and will send the data to ISPs, telling them to deal with those users. The idea is that, hopefully, the ISPs will help the infected users clean up their machines, but if that doesn't work, those users should be cut off. Of course, how successful this is may depend on how accurate the software really is. Still, this really raises the question of why the government is doing this at all? Why aren't the ISPs tracking down these users on their own?

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Nov 2005 @ 5:34pm

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    Whats a zombie?

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      Tabooyah, 7 Nov 2005 @ 5:52pm

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      A Computer controlled by someone other than its user, usually via a trojan or some other type of malware. Sony will have amassed an empire shortly... ;-)

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      Vacendak, 7 Nov 2005 @ 5:54pm

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      zombie computers have been compromised by hackers, a computer virus, or a trojan horse, and perform malicious tasks of one sort of another, under the direction of the hacker. Many owners of zombie computers are unaware that their systems are zombies or that any hacker attack ever occurred.

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      Anonymous Coward, 7 Nov 2005 @ 10:22pm

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      zombies are who voted for howard, bush & blair...

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      Daniel Barbalace, 8 Nov 2005 @ 10:48am

      What is a zombie?

      Come over here with that juicy brain of yours and I'll show you. Arrrgh...

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