Now that researchers have reverse-engineered and potentially gained control of the Kraken botnet, the question becomes what to do next.
Their ability to control the infected computers gives them the power to redirect the computers and even send them updates through the Kraken protocol to remove the zombie. Some are in favor of the idea, while others question the ethics behind removing something, even malware, from someone’s computer without their consent.
Ryan Narine’s eWeek article the CadillacGolfer referenced wrote:
Andrew Hay, product manager at Q1 Labs, a network security management company, said the concept of tampering with a users machine without consent, even if its to remove malicious software, is ethically questionable.
I couldnt in good conscience send any command to a machine without the users knowledge and approval, Hay said. Ethically speaking, we just cant make that decision regardless of if its right or whether its the best thing to do for the good of the Internet.
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