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Zombie Computers Decried As Imminent National Threat

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posted on Apr, 9 2008 @ 06:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Across the world, thousands of home computers have been conscripted into zombie computer gangs that cyber criminals use to spam, attack and defraud others on the net, causing considerable consternation to law enforcement and security professionals alike, who count the so-called botnets as the most vexing net threat today.

Citing the attacks on Estonia last year by Russian nationalist hackers, Siegel said botnets can "disrupt an internet-reliant society," saying that the temporary takedown of Estonian newspaper and government websites "nearly crippled the country's cyber infrastructure." Earlier in the day, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff leaned on Estonia as evidence of the need for a federal government "Manhattan Project" for computer security.

Someone please give me some insight, wasnt the Manhattan Project a nuclear weapons program. How is the Manhattan Project anyway related? I smell a rat.

posted on Apr, 9 2008 @ 06:44 PM
I think he meant a "nuke" to counter the zombie computers. Maybe they want to create some new type of antivirus software?

posted on Apr, 9 2008 @ 06:47 PM
That's simply the smell of Mr. Chertoff and the rest of the administration

I'll just copy and paste the information from the thread I started yesterday:

Cyber risk 'equals 9/11 impact'

Cyber risk 'equals 9/11 impact'

The US homeland security chief has made a heartfelt plea to Silicon Valley workers to stand up and be counted in the fight to secure the cyber highway.

Michael Chertoff invoked the attacks of 9/11 as he sought to galvanise IT professionals and security experts.

He told the world's biggest IT security conference that serious threats to cyberspace are on "a par this country tragically experienced on 9/11".

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I know we need to secure our cyberspace, but why invoke
9/11? He gives me the creeps. I always feel like he's saying,
"If you don't give us what we want, we'll let another 9/11
happen one way or another. Just trust my gut feelings."

Chertoff is comparing this effort to secure the
cyber realm to a modern day Manhatten Project.

RSA: Chertoff Likens U.S. Cyber Security To 'Manhattan Project'

Chertoff likened the government's attempt to improve its cyber security to the intensive effort of the Manhattan Project that brought the atomic bomb to fruition. In January, President Bush signed an order that gave the DHS and NSA greater power overseeing government computer security. Details about what the agencies are doing remain classified.

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