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Craven BBC avoids naming botnet hosts

Mar 14, 2009, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"If the programme aimed to be educational, and not sensational, then one needed to know this fact above all. It is well-known that a vast majority of the PCs which are commandeered by cyber criminals - people known as crackers, not hackers - run some variant of Windows, with XP being number one.

"The programme began this way: "20,000 computers. All infected and waiting for instructions. And all under our control." And all spoken by an presenter with a wide-eyed look of impending doom in his eyes.

"Fittingly, to watch it online, I needed Windows Media player. A Real Player button on the page where one could supposedly choose a media player remained greyed out for me on both Linux and my wife's Windows XP machine."

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