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Trend Micro: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots

InformationWeek has learned Trend Micro is researching how PCs, including computers in defense agencies, are infected with software that can be used to mine confidential data, send spam, or launch denial-of-service attacks. But government IT managers challenge those findings, and Trend Micro is backing down on some.

Thousands of government computers may be under the control of cybercriminals. Software bots -- malicious code that turns PCs and servers into remotely controlled "zombies" -- have dug into the computers of federal and state agencies, security experts say. Once infected, those computers can be used to distribute spam, launch denial of service attacks, and even direct sensitive information into the wrong hands.

Security vendor Trend Micro, which has been studying the phenomenon and is pushing a service to detect bots, reports finding a bot infestation in government computers. Its list of bot-bitten organizations includes the Department of Defense, the Navy Network Informat...

ยป InformationWeek - Thomas Claburn - 05-10-2006

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