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Taking down 100,000 computers with a single command!

Posted by geeknews at 12:36 PM on May 8, 2009

BSODThis is what happened to computers infected with the Zeus/Zbot. The creator of the botnet built into the malware a Kill switch that causes the infected computer to “BSOD”

The botnet owner executed that Kill command recently essentially killing over a 100k machines by a single click of a mouse.

The sad thing the owners of those machines are probably still clue less. The kill command built into the malware does some major damage. Data may not be lost but OS will likely need to be reinstalled.

So have you seen a BSOD recently?

4 Comments

  1. From Nolan at 3:11 pm on May 8, 2009

    That is a powerful keystroke.

  2. From links for 2009-05-08 « Jet Grrl at 7:22 pm on May 8, 2009

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  3. From Rob Blatt at 5:22 am on May 10, 2009

    What’s a BSOD? Kidding.

    I’ve never had a PC, but kernel crashes only happen once a year or every other year on my machines.

  4. From JT at 4:50 am on May 12, 2009

    Thanks for this post. I actually wish all bots gave BSODs. I long for the days when a virus would delete your files or put up a message on the screen like “You’ve been stoned!” Most rootkits today are not very noticable to the user, aside from a slight slowdown.

    Background music to play while reading your post = “I’ve got the power!”