[LINK] Fwd: MR41-05: Australian zombie-hunting program launched
lannet at lannet.com.au
Tue Nov 8 18:58:13 EST 2005
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
> Rick Welykochy wrote:
>> Antony Barry wrote:
>>>> From: "Australian Communications & Media Authority"
>>>> <publishing at acma.gov.au>
>>>> Date: 7 November 2005 11:25:02 AM
>>>> To: <tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au>
>>>> Subject: MR41-05: Australian zombie-hunting program launched
>>>> Reply-To: broadcasting at acma.gov.au
>>>> The Australian Communications and Media Authority has developed and
>>>> will host a program that finds ‘zombie’ computers on the Australian
>> I wonder how this software accomplishes its function. Does it
>> poke around the machine's ports to see if it is vulnerable?
>> Perhaps it monitors traffic in/out of the machine looking for
>> known abusive communications patterns.
>> No mention of which operating system they are targeting. I run
>> Mac and Linux. Am I vulnerable? Will this software intrude on
>> my machine? (rhetorical)
> 1) There is not one single shred of technical information offered by
> ACMA or in the various ISP media releases.
> 2) I can just imagine how someone getting an e-mail saying "Your
> computer may be infected by a Zombie" is really going to change the
> The best I can find out is that the ACMA is going to distribute lists of
> compromised IP addresses to ISPs and let them deal with the customer.
> But here, the scepticism button cuts in: I regularly get "your computer
> is infected" messages spoofing various ISPs, not all of them my own. And
> in case someone responds "yes but you run Windows", I also get them to a
> different account that's the office Mac running OSX.
You should worry. I get them from my ISP's service desk (me) saying my
(Linux) computer is infected and attaching a helpful fix. Woops,
someone has announced a Linux vuln yesterday...
> At least once, I think twice, I forwarded the message to OzEmail. No
> response ...
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