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Re: Phatbox: Media Hype? Scare Tactics?
Date: Wed Mar 17 2004 - 14:24:34 CST
On Wed, 17 Mar 2004 13:28:20 EST, Joe Stewart <jstewartlurhq.com> said:
> I have heard reports that lead me to believe the current number of
> infections may indeed be in the low hundreds of thousands. The question
> I would pose is; are those hundreds of thousands infected hosts
> actually part of the botnet at any given time? The WASTE P2P protocol
> the botnet uses is not built for large numbers of peers. I did connect
> to some of the clients and examine the traffic passing through the node
> and found about 1000 unique nicknames in about an hour or so. So, even
> though total infections may be high, the actual number of bots
> available to the owner at any one time is still in question in my mind.
Which is worse - one black hat with 100K bots at their disposal, or
100 black hats with 1K bots each?
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