Hacking the Hackers

You’ve probably heard about the recent security hole in Microsoft Windows that generated a stir of warnings about another PC Armageddon. One security researcher infected a machine and watched it to find out what the Mocbot was doing. His conclusion:

“The entire scheme of mass infection is simply to facilitate the sending of spam. The proxy Trojan is also a bot of sorts; reporting in to a master controller to report its IP address and the socks port for use in the spam operation,” Stewart said.

Botnet Eavesdropping: Inside the Mocbot (MS06-040) Attack
SPAM! But the point is this: If they can get to your machine to send SPAM, there’s very little they can’t get to your machine for.
Be careful out there!