[cap-talk] The Limits of POLA's Utility - Social Engineering
Karp, Alan H
alan.karp at hp.com
Wed Jun 7 13:06:12 EDT 2006
Ian G wrote:
> > There is a better example of a deal with the devil. The most secure
> > home machines are zombies. In exchange for allowing the
> controller to
> > send spam in the middle of the night, the user gets a
> machine protected
> > from other malware. That's a true symbiotic relationship.
> Ha! Any evidence of that? Has that been
> seen in the wild?
I read that factoid in an article in Information Security a year or more
ago. It's quite reasonable given the value of the zombie to the
controller. As I recall, the first thing the controller does is clean
up spyware and trojans found on the machine. Next, the controller
installs a custom virus scanner and firewall that keeps everyone else
out. Heck. I'd sign up for that service.
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Palo Alto, CA 94304
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