Recently BBC’s Click program got itself into a dicey situation when it showed a program of how it went and procured a botnet and later demonstrated how hackers use the botnet to do their dirty deeds, in this case, spamming and distributed denial of access (DDOS).

And not just that, at the end of the program, Click also modified the wallpaper of those infected PCs to inform the owner that their PCs were part of a botnet, which means their PCs are zombie PCs, effectively being control by hackers.

It’s all done for the good intention of educating the public and raising the awareness of the danger of the Internet, however, many security practitioners cried foul that by modifying the wallpaper act itself, Click has over stepped the boundary and broke the Computer Misuse Act.

Come to think of it, the scandal did bring in the publicity and Click succeed in generating the attention it wanted after all, but at what cost?

Update 17 March: Guest blogger Roel Schouwenberg tears apart BBC’s defense in Zero Day entitled “BBC  botnet buy: What were they thinking.”

Watch Symantec’s video on botnet below.

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