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Re: AOL Users Most Likely to Make Zombie of Your Computer

T. Sean Weintz (
Thu, 16 Jun 2005 11:01:29 -0400

Pat wrote:

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Regarding Zombies, it takes one to make
> another, doesn't it. Lisa apologizes for being unclear on that
> headline. PAT]

No, generally it does NOT take a zombie to make another zombie in the
PC world. Most zombie type infections come from trojan downloads
rather than propagating directly from machines that are already
zombies, since most zombie infections do not act as worms.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Ooops, I was thinking of humanoid type
Zombies. In a movie on television the other night, "Village of the Undead",
after some damn fool went and dug up a grave at the local cemetery,
the Zombie thus resurrected went around the town creating more of his
kind. He would touch and kill one person; that person became a Zombie.
Then the two Zombies created more of their kind the same way, finding
new people, killing them, and bringing them back to life as new
Zombies. After about an hour of this (one Zombie creates another
Zombie, etc) eventually the few remaining actual living people in this
village thought it prudent to call in the police, or some kind of
militia to do in the bunch of them, which is how the movie ended. It
was sort of like two old movies I saw, 'The Zombies of Mora Tau' and
'Abbott and Costello Meet the Zombie'. With humanoid zombies, first
someone has to dig one up, then that one goes around reproducing his
own kind from other people. I guess computers don't have to do it
that way. PAT]

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