The Zombie On Your Desk

Daemon by Daniel Suarez

By Daniel Suarez

If you've never heard the term 'botnet', take note of it now- because your home computer may have joined one without your knowledge. A botnet is an army of compromised personal computers which have been stealthily pressed into service by high-tech criminal gangs. Infecting personal computers with malicious software (or 'malware') via the Internet is now entirely automated, so if you believe that anonymity protects you from attack, you're mistaken. In fact, an unprotected computer linked to the Internet can be infected within minutes and folded into a botnet army intent on causing harm to other systems.

Individual computers participating in a botnet are known as 'zombies' because they take their instructions from a central command and control node that focuses the combined processing power of the botnet to attack government and commercial enterprises, crack encryption, and steal valuable data. These botnets can consist of millions of machines just like yours and they behave much like natural organisms (resisting eradication, reproducing, etc.). Furthermore, the malicious software is so stealthy, you might never know it's there - except for tell-tale signs like slow processing and reduced Internet speed.

Contrary to popular belief, most malware is not the product of teen malcontents working out of their mom's basement. Instead, malware has become a highly sophisticated multinational criminal enterprise - one which engages the skills of some of the most sophisticated software developers on the planet. So sophisticated, in fact, that there is currently a war being waged for control of the Internet. And your home computer is on the front lines.

Recent statistics from the botnet wars are not encouraging. Botnet-based Internet attacks against commercial and government networks have increased over the past two years from 333,000 to 7.2 million daily -- an increase of 2,162% despite a combined major effort by government and the private sector to eradicate them (source: USA Today, March 16, 2008). That's a worrisome trend line.

How did we get into this mess? Well, the ARPANET (the first packet-switching network on which current Internet protocols are based) was developed in the 1960's as a means to create a robust communications system over potentially unreliable network connections. As such, it was inherently 'open' - that is, it defaulted to accepting connections to make it easier for far-flung groups of scientists and government officials to communicate electronically. Fast-forward to today and we find that the Internet has been tasked with providing critical infrastructure services such as online banking, stock trading, remote control of machinery, and a host of other tasks. Securing all of this has meant going against the original network's intent, which is what makes it so difficult to lock down.

Completely solving the software security crisis might require a major infrastructural change - a redesigned Internet. In the meantime, however, there are a few simple steps you can take to limit your exposure.

First, realize there's no such thing as an unimportant computer, especially when it's linked to the Internet. Don't leave unused machines running, and make sure to apply software patches out of a sense of civic duty, if nothing else. Lastly, consider setting up a non-administrator account for everyday use and especially while surfing the Internet. A non-administrator logon with reduced privileges can prevent a wide range of worms from installing themselves in the first place. Check your OS documentation for the relatively simple steps involved in creating a non-Admin logon. By doing so, you'll be helping to protect not just yourself, but other Internet users as well.

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

Read the full story from TheBlaze News here.

'We DON'T destroy books'

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?" - Glenn Beck. Download the podcast here.

Chad Prather's comedic take on why Dr. Seuss got canceled

"Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment'"- Chad Prather. Download the podcast here.

Dr. Seuss BANNING Bonanza! New Progressive Book Titles Revealed! 

In this 7+1 segment-- Crowder uncovers, new, unreleased Dr. Seuss titles that will be released in the near future (parody). Download the podcast here.

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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