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NEWS - August 23, 2006

by Marianna Schmudlach / August 23, 2006 1:10 AM PDT

Worm sparks rise in zombie PCs

By Joris Evers, and Colin Barker, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: August 22, 2006, 2:31 PM PT

Malicious code that exploits a recent Windows hole has led to significant growth in the number of hijacked PCs, according to messaging security company CipherTrust.

On Tuesday, CipherTrust reported a 23 percent growth in the total number of so-called zombie PCs it has detected. The jump is due to the spread of Mocbot worm variants, CipherTrust said. Mocbot, also known as Cuebot and Graweg, exploits a Windows security flaw for which Microsoft issued a patch with security bulletin MS06-040 on Aug. 8.

More: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6108409.html?tag=nl.e589

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