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Europe Home to Majority of Zombies

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the stop-the-spam dept.

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Rei writes "According to a recent CipherTrust study, the majority of Zombie PCs reside not in the US or China, but in Europe. Of the European zombies, 2/3 were either in Germany, France, or Britain. The results were released with the announcement of CipherTrust's new ZombieMeter. As a response to previous reports of high zombie activity, the London Action Plan launched Operation Spam Zombies in cooperation with numerous governments around the world."

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This might give us a hint ... (5, Funny)

Raindance (680694) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701399)

... as to where the evil clerics are.

Witches... in England! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701497)

Some conservative christians will tell you that all the witches (which the bible mentions) live in England. Where, they can't tell you. Names, they can't give you. Nor are they able to present any evidence whatsoever that there are any witches. However, the bible says there are, so England it is. Maybe it's the bad dental hygiene or something, I don't know.

Re:Witches... in England! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701755)

It's true. One of them turned me into a newt!

Re:Witches... in England! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701855)

A newt?

That's easy. (1, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701861)

The zombies are a clear reference to the House of Lords, so the evil cleric must be the Blair Witch Project.

This is so obvious. (5, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701406)

This has been obvious to me ever since Wolfenstein 3D almost 14 years ago.

Re:This is so obvious. (2, Funny)

alex_guy_CA (748887) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701760)

Good god, I saw the title of the article, and I thought they meant, you know, zombies.

Never have I been happier to learn that they were talking about evil spam spewing Windows machines

Re:This is so obvious. (1)

Kippesoep (712796) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701856)

Pfff. When I get up in the morning and look in the mirror, it's quite obvious there's at least one zombie in Europe...

Re:This is so obvious. (2, Insightful)

wft_rtfa (882194) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701767)

This has been obvious to me ever since Wolfenstein 3D almost 14 years ago.

Yes, and Shaun of the Dead last year made it even more clear.

Zombies...? (0)

CamilaAcolide (880871) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701416)

From the article: A zombie is a machine--typically connected to a broadband connection and without any type of firewall or anti-virus protection--that has been maliciously infected by a worm or virus without the owners' knowledge and is used to launch Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and send spam and phishing e-mails.

Old news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701418)

Funny how it was published with a nationalist spirit this time...

Re:Old news... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701437)

Can you hear the European Union chanting off in the distance?

We're number one! We're number one!

Re:Old news... (1)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701840)

Can you hear the European Union chanting off in the distance?

What European Union? It's falling apart as we speak.

Should we block the zombies? (0, Troll)

sammykrupa (828537) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701423)

What do you guys think?

-Block em. Make the people run anti- software and lose money!

-Don't block them! Make the internet a bad place!

Re:Should we block the zombies? (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701455)

Haven't you ever been to the movies? The only way to stop a zombie is with a head shot.

Re:Should we block the zombies? (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701507)

Haven't you ever been to the movies? The only way to stop a zombie is with a head shot.

Please do not photograph the Zombies.... It will only make them angry.

Re:Should we block the zombies? (1)

hawado (762018) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701508)

Well then that won`t work here as blowing up the monitors will do nothing to stem the flow of crap comming from the zombies, and if they are headless they are prob. running *nix and are not part of the problem.

Re:Should we block the zombies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701704)

Not the only way. Watch the living dead trilogy. Take notes.

isn't surprising (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701424)

this isn't surprising. While we generally thing of the internet as USA only, it does exist in other countries. Considering that the majority of hacker attack come from overseas (or so it seems), this does not come as a surprise. Maybe this is why the EU hates MS?

Re:isn't surprising (2, Insightful)

astromog (866411) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701473)

Really? We have internet here in The Rest of the World? Thanks for noticing!

Re:isn't surprising (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701578)

Where is this "Rest of the World" place? Is it past The Ocean, or somewhere in the suburbs? There's Northern Nowhere starting in upstate, Western Nowhere over the river, and Southern Nowhere on the other side of Jersey, so I can't think of any other places it could be. Though I suppose it could be nestled somewhere in Queens or Long Island, those are far enough out of the way to hide in. Oh, I get it, it's like those "other cities" all the teams that show up to lose to the Yankees supposedly come from. Quite a fine piece of showmanship, that "other cities" idea!

Yankees? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701683)

it's like those "other cities" all the teams that show up to lose to the Yankees

Oh, THOSE Yankees. [mlb.com]

Thanks for clearing that up. (snicker)

Re:isn't surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701556)

Maybe this is why the EU hates MS?


What, because their citizens are slow to respond and don't know how to secure their computers?

Re:isn't surprising (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701742)

>While we generally thing of the internet as USA only...

you're either very retarded or a very subtle troll. the "EU hating MS" non sequitur and the AC posting leads me to believe you're a troll.

nice try though. you even bagged a few mods on crack.

Shaun of the Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701431)

Hasn't Hollywood taught us zombies are created in Europe? :)

Unbelievable (4, Interesting)

SamMichaels (213605) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701438)

This just goes to show that no one knows where spam and zombies reside. Everyone's "research" (obviously riddled with bias) says it's some place else.

Re:Unbelievable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701649)

Umm, what? This is the same company (American based with offices worldwide) that had been reporting the US and China as being neck and neck in zombies until very recently. Please tell me where their bias lies. Maybe it's Canada, eh?

"Where" is unimportant (0, Offtopic)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701690)

The information that matters here is whether the European Zombies are classic slow moving "Romero" type zombies or modern "28 days later" type zombies.

This will tell us what we need to know in order to fight them.

Re:"Where" is unimportant (1)

miyako (632510) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701834)

Actually, the people in 28 Days Later were not zombies, they were humans infected with a Virus.
All true zombies are as seen in the "of the Dead" series. Although some current theories show that these zombies are in fact caused by the Solanum virus, conclusive evidence still remains to be seen.
It should be noted that, regardless of your situation, you should not attempt to fight a zombie unless absolutely necessary. Remember, should a zombie outbreak occur near your place of residence you should immediately relocate to a rural area. Avoid common motorways and if possible travel by bicycle or motorcycle.
For more information, see The Zombie Survival Guide [randomhouse.com] or check out The Official Zombie Hunters Website [zombiehunters.org]
Remember, preperation is key.

Why is this so? (-1, Troll)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701443)

What is the cultural underpinning for not keeping PCs patched? I understand that the population in Europe, with its plummeting birthrates, is slowly becoming older, but I can't imagine that the reason for this problem is because of grandpa Johan not knowing about patching.

Is it because of an innate sense of distrust of New World things? Are they unwilling to download the latest patches from Microsoft and this is resulting in their computers being open to zombie attacks?

And of all the places you'd expect badly configured computers, Britain, Germany, and France are the least likely candidates. Is this because they hate Bush?

Re:Why is this so? (5, Insightful)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701481)

How do you know they weren't patched? Patching doesn't really help you when the user runs the executable attachment they got in their email, or installs something shiny they found on the web.

Re:Why is this so? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701491)

The XP firewall would normally catch most of these errant processes.

So either Europeans are too dumb to avoid clicking on attachments, or too dumb to apply patches.

Neither option seems very satisfactory if you are European.

Re:Why is this so? (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701495)

Unless the trojan writer has it deactivate the firewall before it launches any internet communication...

Solution... (4, Funny)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701451)

Call in Shaun of the Dead!

Ed: Any zombies out there?
Shaun: Don't say that!
Ed: What?
Shaun: The "zed" word. Don't say it!
Ed: Well... are they any?
Shaun: I don't see any. Maybe it's not as bad as all that.
Shaun: Oh, no wait, there they are.

Re:Solution... (0)

rideaurocks (840805) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701506)

Worst. Movie. Ever.

Re:Solution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701858)

You have got to be joking, or American.

It was hilarious. Deadpan humour is something yanks can't do.

Poof that Safari is better than Firefox (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701452)

Here [img223.echo.cx]

Handy-dandy color key:
Red - Firefox renders fonts like crap.
Blue - Ugly widgets.
Green - No Cocoa spell-check.
Purple - Close tab too far out of the way.
Yellow - Oversized, ugly toolbar.
Aqua - Adblock fails.

And it's faster, too!

Re:Poof that Safari is better than Firefox (1)

deeznutsclan (211769) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701616)

I agree about the fonts, especially on solaris for some reason firefox looks like total ass.

I strongly disagree about the tab close button placement, however. I also use GAIM and frequently accidentally click the close tab button when i just mean to switch tabs. Yeah, it's partially my fault for being a klutz but you have to realize that placing the close button WITHIN the button to switch to the tab is a pretty retarded design decision.

I'm surprised there isn't a firefox spell check plug in. There probably is. I'm too lazy to look.

Re:Poof that Safari is better than Firefox (0, Offtopic)

YOU LIKEWISE FAIL IT (651184) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701850)

I want to like Safari. But why are the documents generated by XSL transformations in 2.0/RSS so frickin' slow? Firefox does the transform and has the generated document onscreen almost instantly, and all is well. In Safari, it lags like the dickens.

-- YLFI

Thank God (5, Informative)

Chemical (49694) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701458)

I expected something like this might happen some day, but I'm ready, thanks to this [amazon.com] . Bring it on!

action (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701466)

what to do:

get off your ass and visit your "neighbours".
educate them while disinfecting and immunising their pc. drink coffee, shake hands - repeat.

oh and after the third time at the same house, don't even care to fix it anymore. just tell them to get a mac. ;)

That isn't what the Zombie Meter says... (5, Informative)

colinemckay (610522) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701469)

Top 10 includes the US at 28.5%. No EU country is in the top ten list. "during the first three weeks of May, approximately 26% of daily new zombies originated in the European Union, including 6%, 5% and 3% of new zombies originated in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, respectively." That's NEW zombies. The EU share of zombies is increasing, but it isn't the major source (yet).

Re:That isn't what the Zombie Meter says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701568)

Top 10 includes the US at 28.5%. No EU country is in the top ten list.

Of course, no European country has the population of the U.S. or the number of computers either. A better measure would be the percentage of computers "zombiefied."

Re:That isn't what the Zombie Meter says... (3, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701817)

*gasp*. Ohhh noooosss!!! Europe may have to face up to a dirty little secret filled with horrors. That is, Europe has its fair share of stupid people too. Bwahahahaa.

I fart in your general direction.

The Remedy (2, Funny)

SparksMcGee (812424) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701472)

Whether hacked computers and their clueless users or hideous undead out for brains, nothing beats the tried and true shotgun.

Re:The Remedy (1)

Azreal (147961) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701875)

Obligatory Army of Darkness quote:

"Alright you primitive screw-heads, listen up. See this? This is my boomstick!"

Time for new SMTP error messages (4, Funny)

TheNarrator (200498) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701474)

550 <cleric@darkcastle.com>: Recipient address rejected: cleric casts repel undead at spam zombie;

I'm surprised there isn't a RBL for zonbies yet (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701486)

Back in the 1990s, Spam was a big problem. The problem was that a number of ISPs would ignore Spam complaints, or would even encourage spammers to be on their networks. Once enough ISPs refused to listen to complaints, Paul Vixie started the Realtime Blackhole List, which would allow people to find out if a given IP was blacklisted, and refused to receive email from a blacklisted IP.

I worked at Netcom when we ended up on the RBL. We did not have strong Spam protection; for example, our credit card verifier did not contact the credit card company before giving someone internet access. Even after being placed on the RBL, management was unwilling to expend the resources needed to stop our Spam problem; they thought the RBL would just go away. Meanwhile, the number of people calling or emailing technical support doubled because they could not send mail increased (I helped make some graphs showing the increase in emails to tech support to convince management that this was a real problem). It took months for management to wake up, smell the coffee, and make it harder for spammers to get throw-away accounts on Netcom's network.

(For NANOG regulars at the time: It was I who wrote the "Keman-bot")

A similiar list needs to be set up; if a given ISP has zombies and does not cut off said zombies from the internet, the ISP needs to be blacklisted RBL style. Maybe then management will do something about the zonbie problem--such as cutting of zombie machines from the internet (redirecting all HTTP queries to a "You're a zombie so we cut you off page" for example).

Re:I'm surprised there isn't a RBL for zonbies yet (3, Informative)

destuxor (874523) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701708)

At the ISP where I work we've got an approach something like this. We've got scripts running that analyze network usage, watch for port scanning, and regulate email.
- Network usage is the easiest to monitor since it's little more than a script pointing out that a host is attacking other machines over port 445 or connected to port 6667. Just being on IRC or sharing your printer won't set off the scripts since they not only monitor raw traffic but also watch how quickly new connections are being made and such. I should mention that we allow anyone to run anything on this network with no maximum bandwidth usage, provided it's all legal (so an open Gnutella port means nothing, lots of traffic over DC++ is fine, downloading tens of Gigabytes over BitTorrent is fine - we don't care until the copyright violation letters roll in).
- Back on topic, our firewalls monitor evidence of port scanning. This is something you'd better not get caught doing since they're so destructive to the network (I.E. something like a network-aware electron microscope or CAT scanner will often crash if you send fragmented SYN packets at it, so don't).
- And best of all we not only implement PureMessage and antivirus filters on our IMAP and POP3 servers, we have two SMTP servers (one for residents, one for everything else) and all outgoing SMTP must go through those (and IIRC you must authenticate to the SMTP server as well). We realised we had no choice but to implement a very strict system like this when AOL blocked @ncsu.edu!
When we detect a machine that's been compromised it gets blocked automatically. It's nice that in the case of a resident getting blocked we send emails to both that student and their roommate as we (currently) have no way of knowing whose machine we've blocked. If they need help we've got great support.
Why don't all ISPs have strict policies like this? AOL was shown in an earlier article to be home to more compromised hosts than any other. Maybe they should start blocking MACs of known compromised hosts and better integrate antivirus software into the Win32 software. Best yet would be to automate a phone call to the household that has been blocked as soon as it happens to alert the customer that and why they've been temporarily blocked.
How hard could it really be to include Stinger on those AOL CDs? :)

SPF & Sender ID (fixing SMTP) - RBL for zombie (1)

Gary W. Longsine (124661) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701884)

There are other efforts (in addition to RBL style lists) to fix some of the problems which derive from the assumed trust that's built into the SMTP protocol. For a brief shining moment last year, I thought that we might all hold hands and sing together on this one, but Microsoft managed to drive of their early Sender ID [internetnews.com] adopters and alienate potential allies [apache.org] in the battle against spam by making vague patent claims and apparently refusing to even clarify.

Adoption of the Sender Policy Framework [pobox.com] seems to have slowed, probably caught up in the confusion around Sender ID and the Microsoft patent claims. The linked site claims that SPF is unencumbered.

anything named "operation" anything is propaganda (0, Flamebait)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701500)

This is garbage... governments use this stuff all the time. "operation spam zombies" .. that's nice, here in the u.s. it would be called "Operation Spam Freedom" or "Patriotic Eagle Soaring through the Sky liberating helpless victims of Zombie Tyrants + Freedom"..

Governments have gotta do this to make sure people continue to have faith in their masters.

Re:anything named "operation" anything is propagan (1)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701575)

anything named "operation" anything is propaganda

Yeah, cos Operation Overlord [wikipedia.org] really sucked didnt it!

:p

Re:anything named "operation" anything is propagan (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701694)

Heh, the russians were tearing the Nazi's the shreds by the time that happened. If Hitler hadn't gone completely nuts and kept his end of the bargain with Stalin, d-day would have been an utter disaster for the brits/americans/canadians/aussies. They didn't get lucky, they just planned well, knowing Nazi hardware wouldn't be the deciding factor.

Re:anything named "operation" anything is propagan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701860)

nice revisionist history. the russians wouldn't have lasted had the US not given them the hardware to fight with. Not to mention Stalin BEGGED the Allies to open another front in Europe.

You must have been educated in a public school; right?

Re:anything named "operation" anything is propagan (1)

ArielMT (757715) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701624)

Remember who they're targeting: whether directly or through their ISPs, the owners of zombied computers. People who are either too gullible to resist clicking on pop-ups in IE, too ignorant to realize the dangers ActiveX pose to their computers, or too dumb to understand even the most rudimentary online safety concepts, or that even online there's no such thing as a truly free lunch.

I don't know about you, but I think "Operation anything" fits the bill perfectly in this case. You and I, we're not the ones whose acts they're out to clean up.

Maybe with mainstream attention called to the problem, they'll finally start listening when their ISP tech support keeps telling them to at least turn on their friggin' firewalls and stop disabling their antivirus because of all the "stupid virus warnings."

duh (4, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701543)

I was working on the mail server today, and going through logs tracking a clamav/amavis problem.

I started to notice that...one...after...another...the buggers were connecting. We're not even a very big site (just got a bunch of mailing lists). The DNS names were xxx-yyy-zzz-aaa.(something).(insert european country code).

They outnumbered legitimate connections easily 5:1 or more, and the sessions all consisted of:

client: "HELO, I'm in your domain! Here, have some email"
Postfix: "take a flying leap."

client: "HELO, I'm in your domain! Here, have some email"
Postfix: "take a flying leap."

client: "HELO, I'm in your domain! Here, have some email"
Postfix: "take a flying leap."

Every single one would try and send between 3 and 5 messages before finally realizing it wasn't going to work, and disconnecting. It's irritating, because we do actually run a couple of DNS blacklists, but it seems a lot of european systems aren't on them.

When are we going to stop taking the "oh, we'll just filter it" attitude? Feels like all we've accomplished in half a decade is to do spammer's work for them and make users complacent by hiding all this shit from them. It's a classic white elephant problem if I ever saw it...

Re:duh (5, Insightful)

DigitalRaptor (815681) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701636)

What we need is for Postfix to have a built in ability to report IP addresses to which it responds "take a flying leap", once per day, and for the top 1,000 of those IP addresses to be included in a report.

As a safety measure, the IP address has to be reported by X number or percent of the participating Postfix hosts to be considered valid.

Any IP address is added for a short period of time, say 72 hours, so if it's a machine that is hacked and quickly fixed the IP isn't blacklisted forever.

It seems like a distributed, real-time system like this would be effective.

Re:duh (1)

jfengel (409917) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701716)

Sadly, many connections don't give fixed IPs. It would be extremely frustrating to find myself blacklisted because I happened to get an IP that belonged to some nimrod yesterday.

I think that the problem is better solved closer to the zombie, by their ISP cutting them off, and reserve the global solutions targeted at those ISPs who don't appear to be making an effort.

Re:duh (1)

DigitalRaptor (815681) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701788)

I don't think port 25 should be open for a single IP address on the planet.

That alone would eliminate 90% of SPAM out there, and place the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the ISP's to lock down their mail servers and cut off offending accounts.

Re:duh (4, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701754)

unfortunately, the spammers are not benieth attacking focal points of anti-spam activity. dnsrbl.com is down because it was hammered by a coordinated DDOS for an extended period of time, burning up their funds with bandwidth charges. The spammers may be cutthroat self-centered lowlifes, but they can recognize and coordinate against a threat very effectively when they have a few hunderd thousand zombies each to do their bidding.

I thought 100% of zombies were from Hollywood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701560)

Maybe this survey is about Grade A zombies, not the Hollywood Grade B kind.

--
What, no human-bening detector?

Re:I thought 100% of zombies were from Hollywood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701828)

But....Do they taste better with fava beans and a nice chianti?

...and... do they run Linux? Badump Ching!

Europe is a continent. (1)

wlan0 (871397) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701590)

Remember. Europe is a continent. It's like saying that the world has the largest meat producing industries in the Galaxy, while comparing it to moons. Or something.

Re:Europe is a continent. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701644)

Umm, no, it's a perfectly valid comparison of regions of the world. While not a continent, China has nearly twice the population of Europe while the US, also not a continent, only has a little over a third. Grouping together "Europe" is quite appropriate considering the scale.

Who the hell is responsible? (0, Troll)

elgee (308600) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701596)

I want to know who in the hell allowed the French to have computers.

Pfft, old news (5, Funny)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701610)

Everybody knows '28 Days Later' started out as a warning about the dangers of spam.

Take some responsibility (4, Interesting)

dark grep (766587) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701612)

From the very start we (an ISP) have told our customers they are responsible for the proper use of their computers. If you own a car and drive it into a schoolyard and kill someone's child, it is not an acceptable defence to say "Shucks, I didn't know how to drive, not my fault".

So too, if you own a computer and want to be part of a community of connected computers, not bothering to inform yourself of how to do that does not excuse your responsibility for whatever damage your computer causes.

So what we do to spam zombies is:

a) block them totally and stop them from causing any more damage

b) send them an email telling them how much it cost to clean up their mess (usualy around $500), and that we will bill them if they do it again

c) only unblock them when they give us their assurance they understand what the future costs may be an will never allow it to happen again

d) permanently disconnect them and bill them the full amount of sysadmin and helpdesk time and materials of they allow it to happen again.

It's a really tough line, sure, we have lost maybe 3 customers as a result in 18 months (average spend per customer is $34 per month), out of 20,000. But it is far, far cheaper that the cost of just letting it happen unchecked.

Here it comes... (1)

Brandon K (888791) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701614)

*Insert obligitory comment referencing zombies, and their relation to Europe in one form of media or another*

No MS in EU not so bad?? (1)

el cisne (135112) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701633)

Well, maybe it would be a Good Thing(tm), then, if MSFT withdrew from the EU market??, (in suggested response here to the impending possible EU antitrust fine).

Microsoft needs to pull out of the EU market quick (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701653)

Microsoft needs to hurry up and follow through on their veiled threats to pull out of the European market in retaliation for being subjected to antitrust law

The EU information technology infrastructure may not survive otherwise

God love it. . . . (0)

YtseMetropolis (666592) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701678)

It's nice when evil outside of America is pointed at by the global community. Lord knows we have enough of our own zombies to deal with -- it makes me happy knowing that at least in the IT sector, they're coming from across the pond! That might help my depression. Probably not. *bang*

Zombiemeter (1)

r3b00tm0nk3y (806499) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701699)

When I first saw this, I though oh cool something informative that I can forward to users during spam outbreaks.
Then I saw it was a vague graph that doesn't show up under Firefox.
I wondered would it show up on Slashdot, based on the premise of coolness, even though it sucks rocks?

Now I know.

Re:Zombiemeter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12701777)

I got it to work under Firefox XP but the map is a little tricky.

I think the numbers are way off. For example it said 28,000 zombies in the USA. A probably better number is 28,000,000 or even 280,000,000 - haha.

the 6th sense (4, Funny)

MasterSLATE (638125) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701719)

Cole: I see dead people...
Crowe: In your dreams?
Cole shakes his head
Crowe: While you're awake?
Cole nods
Crowe: Dead people like in graves and coffins?
Cole: ...They don't know they're dead
Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole: everytime I go to Europe, (pause) they're everywhere...

Hooray for the Internet (5, Funny)

mcc (14761) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701727)

Man. If you could go back in time to 1980 and tell everyone that in 25 years, European governments would be spearheading an initiative called "Operation Spam Zombies", and that this name was not in any way meant to be humorous, the looks on peoples faces would be priceless.

That's Surprisnig... (0, Troll)

DaedalusLogic (449896) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701814)

I thought typical zombies needed brains to live. These "zombie PCs" thrive even without them.

All together now...

USA! USA! USA!

Wha?! No Memes on Slashdot?? (1)

tarunthegreat2 (761545) | more than 8 years ago | (#12701819)

In Soviet Russia, the Zombie is YOU!
Can you imagine a beowulf cluster of zombies? (Wow that works on so many levels...)
In Korea, only old people are zombies.
and of course...:

1) Lots of Zombies buy a Non-linuz operating system with a browser that has a blue E logo
2) ????
3) Profit!!
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