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[News] [Rival] Pfizer's Windows PCs Turn into Zombie Army, SPAM the Internet

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Pfizer's Windows PCs Turn into Zombie Army, SPAM the Internet
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 12:07:41 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Pfizer's computers zombied 

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| Rick Wesson, CEO of Support Intelligence, said this has been going on for six 
| months. He's collected 600 spam emails to prove it and adds that 138 Pfizer 
| IP addresses have been blacklisted by various spam-fighting groups.  


More Windows security problems:

Whitepaper warns of Windows Mobile malware

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| Pointing out that carrying a smartphone is basically like having a computer 
| in your pocket, Cheng claims Windows Mobile is vulnerable to attack.  


Zombies on people's pockets.

Who launched that attack?

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| Simply put, if the malware launcher wants to capture banking credentials with 
| a key logger, he would be better served to only target users who have high 
| balances in their bank accounts.  



If Intent Can Be Proven, Microsoft Could Face Millions Of Mail Fraud Charges

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| The final results bore out the "conventional wisdom." If emails were donuts,
| Hotmail would be HomerSimpsonMail. I don't need to reiterate the figures,
| there they are in blue and red. But for a Hotmail account to destroy up to
| 81% of all emails with attachments prior to their delivery to a "generic" ISP
| email account is nothing short of absurd, as these Hotmail accounts were not
| the free variety, but the fully paid ones. Compare those figures to the ones
| where the generic ISP email accounts exchanged emails with attachments and
| you will clearly see the difference. The worst performance was in making 2%
| Vanish.


Hotmail still riddled with spam

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| Microsoft has admitted that up to 98 per cent of messages sent to
| Hotmail addresses are spam.
| [...]
| The findings will disappoint Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who
| predicted at the 2004 Davos World Economic Forum that spam would
| be "eliminated" within two years.


Microsoft is the world's biggest cause of zombie remailers

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| In China, it would take about one and one-half years wages (for the
| average Chinese) to buy a legitimate copy of Windows Vista. If you
| could find it here.
| Microsoft is the biggest cause of zombie remailers in the world,
| because they make noises, but do not do anything to address the
| real digital inequities in the world.


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| the BBC reports.


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