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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work