Via The War on Spam and The Spam Weblog:
Hackers hijack federal computers. Apparently the DOJ discovered, during their crackdown on cybercrime, that hundreds of Department of Defense and Senate computers had been turned into zombies.
Can we really be sure they were only used to send spam? After all, zombies are generally the result of viruses, worms or trojans that install backdoors, so that the attacker can run anything on the system. Setting up a distributed and disguised spam-sending network just happens to be the most profitable application right now, but you can bet there are a lot of people out there who would love to take over — or just look through — US military computers.
I don’t know about you, but I find this really disturbing.