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BBC asks nicely to run second hacking demo

BBC asks nicely to run second hacking demo

The BBC has followed its recent controversial botnet demonstration with a new filmed demo of how a Trojan attack works – except this time it made sure to ask nicely.

In a clear change from the earlier exercise, which provoked intense ethical debate, this time around the corporation has gone out of its way to make clear it sought the permission of the owner of a PC before hacking into it. The latest demo, which appeared on the BBC news website on Monday, illustrates how a single spyware-infected PC creates a means for cybercrooks to nab passwords or watch users of infected PCs, providing the machine uses a webcam.

The BBC sought the assistance of Jacques Erasmus of PrevX in both the latest small-scale exercise and earlier, larger experiment – the difference of course being that none of the computer users in the botnet caper were asked for their permission. BBC researchers changed the wallpaper on compromised machines to alert victims that their machines were infected, but only after running and filming its security demo.

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