Experts Warn vs PC Zombies, 'Drive By' Hackers in the Wild

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Experts Warn vs PC Zombies, 'Drive By' Hackers in the Wild


Byline: edison d. ong

Local and international experts who gathered recently at a Corporate Security Investigators conference warn enterprises against drive by hackers and computer pests capable of turning PCs into virtual zombies.

Drive by hacking/hackers and desktop personal computer (PC) zombies are not only new computer security jargons but are actual cases on the rise.

When a PC is described to be in a zombie state, what it means is that the PCs system was compromised or made to become a dumb piece of equipment unable to guard efficiently against virus attacks, for example. It remains in such a state until such time a malicious pests brings the computer to life. This time as a machine launching attacks against other PC systems and networks.

On the other hand, drive by hacking is an instance wherein a mobile hacker accesses illegally a computer network from his laptop at a supposedly secure hot spot or wireless access station.

With the rise in popularity of home users installing wireless local area networks in their house also comes the increase in drive by hacking incidents. These innocent ventures happen because the nontechie home user just plugs and play and do not bother about changing default passwords.

Capitalizing on the users ignorance - if it should still be called such - are information technology mafias. It has been observed that the sophistication of attacks is not only increasing, but well organized and funded. Although the hackers tools are sophisticated, they are actually easy to learn.

These new and existing network security threats were bared by Microgenesis Business Systems and its partners in the Corporate Security Investigators event at Dusit Hotel early this August.

Microgenesis director Jeffrey Choa leads the company to be the IT frontliner in providing top of the line security solutions that will create and provide innovative and effective solutions to enable businesses to be competitive in the Internet Age.

PEST-INFESTED SYSTEM

He said unknown to most people, there is a rising number of network pests, comprising of non-viral malware such as spyware, adware, Trojan, DDoS agents, keyloggers, and hacker tools that are quietly invading corporate networks.

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