Here’s the melody – click to sing along!
In September 2014 Apple and U2 hatched a plan to give themselves some positive PR by presenting iTunes users with a fabulous free gift.
Between them, they cooked up a plan to make the roll-out of U2’s Songs of Innocence the biggest album release in history by sort of downloading it on to half a billion computers without asking, like a magnificent, musical botnet.
It was all going to be just so great…
And for your chance to win an exclusive, limited edition, Naked Security T-shirt, work out the answer to Paul Ducklin’s brain teaser below…
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What was Day 8’s answer?
By the way, did you know that email spam gets its name from a Monty Python sketch about a cafeteria that serves dishes in which Spam is a prominent ingredient?
The café offers menu options such as Spam, Spam, Spam, egg and Spam, or Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, baked beans, Spam, Spam, Spam and Spam.
Sadly, the protagonist of the sketch doesn’t like Spam, and tries unsuccessfully to order a dish without it.
Email spam can be just as hard to avoid: in our tests, we measured a single computer sending 5,500,000 spams in a week.
About 75% of these unsolicited emails were old-school “buy cheap pills without prescription” stuff; the rest contained malware laden attachments.
The spam was sent by malware known as a zombie or bot, short for “software robot.”
Crooks typically control an entire network of bots at the same time, giving them what’s known as a botnet.
So, “botnet” is short for robot network, which was the answer to the Day 8 quiz question.