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Zombie

Zombie1. Term used to describe a process that is doing nothing but utilizing system resources. This often occurs when a process has been abandoned by a previously running program.

2. A computer that has been maliciously setup to do work of another program or users. A zombie computer is often a computer or server that has been compromised to help a malicious user perform a Denial Of Service attack (DoS) or DDoS attack.

3. When referring to chat or IRC, a zombie or ghost refers to a user who has lost connection but their user is still logged into the chat server.

Also see: Chat terms, Network terms, Programming terms, Security terms, Zombie network