Zombie Awareness Month Emphasizes Importance of Security Preparedness

Sue Marquette Poremba

I found out that May is Zombie Awareness Month. No, not the kind that appeared in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" - although they might be less scary than the kind that take over your computer.

 

The Zombie Research Society declared May as Zombie Awareness Month because:

Spring naturally brings with it a sense of renewal and hopefulness. May is the perfect month to emphasize continued vigilance in the face of the coming zombie pandemic.

The society also suggests wearing a gray ribbon:

to signify the undead shadows that lurk behind our modern light of day. From May 1 through May 31, concerned citizens take this small step to acknowledge the coming danger.

It is all a very tongue-in-cheek way to focus on what is a very serious issue, as Fortinet's blog pointed out:

Zombies have the potential to exponentially grow in numbers, each ultimately reporting to the same master, forming a botnet.
Authorities and security experts around the globe are joining forces to hunt, monitor and destroy these zombies. Recent examples include Bredolab (Dutch High Tech Crime Unit), Rustock (Microsoft DCU) and Coreflood (FBI). With a wealth of infectious zombies crawling about, we want to focus on how to spot and avoid today's zombie menace.

Fortinet also provided a "2011 Zombie Survival Guide," and one of the tips is to quarantine a machine on detection of visual clues like anti-virus pop-ups. That's an especially timely reminder since there is a relatively new anti-virus pop-up Trojan making the rounds, spoofing Microsoft operating systems. When the scareware shows up on your computer, your defenses aren't working properly, and that infection, and who knows what else, is lurking behind the scenes, ready to attack.



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