Attack of the Zombie (bots)

The New York Times reports on the rapidly growing problem of "Botnets". Peter DaSilva notes that people are increasingly "...taking advantage of programs that secretly install themselves on thousands or even millions of personal computers, band these computers together into an unwitting army of zombies, and use the collective power of the dragooned network to commit Internet crimes". It's difficult to predict where this amazing but fundamentally unknown alternative cyber universe we are creating will lead us.