John Paczkowski

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Better to Have a Botnet in Front of Me Than a Frontal Lobotomy!

Vint Cerf wasn’t kidding when he warned attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last year that the Internet is at serious risk from botnets. These vast networks of compromised PCs–used by criminals for sending spam and spyware and for launching denial-of-service attacks–are a very real and quickly evolving problem. To wit, the FBI’s announcement yesterday that its OPERATION BOT ROAST initiative has identified some 1 million compromised PCs.

Unsettling, isn’t it? The thought of a million machines sitting in homes, schools and businesses around the country just waiting to spew out some nasty piece of malware or the latest “pump and dump” stock scheme. Depressing, too. Said Gadi Evron, who coordinates an international volunteer effort to fight botnets, “The war to make the Internet safe was lost long ago, and we need to figure out what to do now.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik