Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Actual Conversation - botnets explained

[11:04] <[?] someone > Pusscat: basically im trying to walk an non-technical person though a simple irc bot
[11:04] <[?] someone > my goal was for my mom to be able to accurately describe a botnet
[11:04] <[?] someone > like code chunk - this is the c&c interface it blah blah
[11:04] < Pusscat> A loosing battle. Ur fightin' it.
[11:05] <[?] someone > haha
[11:05] <[?] someone > yeah
[11:05] <[?] someone > so i thought my mom understood what i did
[11:05] <[?] someone > no..oh no.
[11:05] <[?] someone > my internal work is basically read by our marketing group then goes on radio/interview type stuff
[11:05] <[?] someone > when he described my lab as a "malware zoo" my mom suddenly understood ish what i do
[11:05] <[?] someone > it was pretty funny
[11:06] <[?] someone> so i am trying to explain a bot to say an 8 year old
[11:06] <[?] someone > with code examples
[11:06] <[?] someone > hehe
[11:06] <[?] someone > its hard
[11:06] < Pusscat> do you need code?
[11:06] <[?] someone > really picking what to address it the hardest part
[11:06] <[?] someone > nah i have a great one
[11:06] < Pusscat> maybe you need just a good metaphor
[11:06] <[?] someone > very simple java bot so its easy to read
[11:07] <[?] someone > and it has a lot of cool features we only saw in bots like conficker or waladec last year
[11:07] <[?] someone > (damn anyone who tries to tell me they are the same - they are not!!)
[11:07] < Pusscat> like... bots are injuns, and the botmans are chiefs! and they tell the injuns what to do with smoke signals, and those smoke signals are c&c!
[11:07] <[?] someone > hahahaha
[11:07] < Pusscat> they use smoke signals since cowboys caint read 'em!
[11:07] <[?] someone > i should send my boss a draft like that
[11:07] < Pusscat> my job is to hunt injuns and learn smoke signals!
[11:08] <[?] someone > it would be great
[11:08] < Pusscat> no wai. Thats my blogpost now

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