Are you ready for International Kill A Zombie Day, 2012?

Graham Cluley
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Have you decided what you’re going to do for Halloween?

Maybe your plan is to dress up as a vampire, or cover the house with fake cobwebs, or wrap yourself in a toilet paper to pretend to be a marauding Egyptian mummy.

But here’s my request – use the excuse of Halloween to kill some zombies instead.

You’re reading Naked Security, so my guess is that you have at least a passing interest in computer security issues. So, what better time than Halloween to go kill some zombies?

Networks of zombie computers (also known as botnets) are used by criminal hackers to spread spam and malware, launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and steal confidential information.

More than 90% of all spam sent today is relayed from computers that have been hijacked and turned into zombies by malicious hackers…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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