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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Stolen Computers And You

There are probably millions of computers, all over the world, being used or controlled by someone who is not legally entitled to do so. We've discussed botnets before. Once used mainly for spam delivery, they are now being used for hijacking Blogger blogs.

Since blogs and instant messaging, together, is replacing email for those tired of spam, the spammers have turned to spam blogs, or splogs. And botnets are being used to hijack legitimate blogs, with value to search engines, and make them part of splog nets.

Right now, this activity is, I believe, limited to attacks against Blogger blogs. It doesn't take too much imagination, though, to see the same techniques being used against online communities like MySpace and Yahoo 360.

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