12-Step Botnet Recovery Program

By Taylor Banks

My 12-step botnet recovery program, originally presented at DC404.

  1. Admit that you are powerless over bots.
  2. Believe that a power greater than yourself exists and is necessary to identify and eliminate malware, botnets, and the Windows hosts that contain them.
  3. Make a decision to turn your will and your life over to ShadowServer, Malfease or another similar volunteer effort.
  4. Make a searching and fearless inventory of your Windows machines.
  5. Admit to another security expert that you [have/do] run Windows.
  6. Demonstrate readiness to remove Windows from your PC.
  7. Humbly ask other experts to remove Windows from your machine.
  8. Make a list of all other machines you’ve infected.
  9. Make amends to those infected, i.e. with Mac OS, Ubuntu, FreeBSD or similar.
  10. Continue to inventory remaining Windows hosts, and when infected, format & re-install.
  11. Seek through prayer, meditation and continuing malware research to improve your understanding of the growing malware threat as we know it.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening, carry this message to other Windows users.

Please enjoy and disseminate widely.


About the Author

Taylor Banks is an entrepreneur who travels full-time in an RV with his wife, Beth, and their dog, Sedona. Taylor's background is in computer, network and information security and privacy, but he now also runs several e-commerce sites and chairs a mastermind group that provides mentorship to other entrepreneurs who want to achieve location and financial independence with passive income provided by lifestyle businesses.

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