Microsoft shuts down spam behemoth Rustock, could reduce worldwide spam by 39%

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    Microsoft shuts down spam behemoth Rustock, reduces worldwide spam by 39%

    Well this is good news to hear.
     
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    They could eliminate 99% of all botnets, by systematically removing MSIE6 and earlier versions of the browser from computers worldwide.
     
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    I disabled a fairly good one a few years ago, that was attacking one of my sites. I wrote a script that detects IE6 or earlier, and installs the latest version of firefox on those infected computers and makes it the default browser. Cutting the fingers off the botnet one at a time, over a two week period of this rendered it completely ineffective.

    The creator of that particular botnet is doing 10 years in Federal prison right now... But not from anything I did. I had him correctly identified though... But he made the mistake of also using the same botnet he created to launch DDoS attacks on some BIG boys out there, not just little guys.
     
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    Botnet controller jailed...
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    US jails hacker who sold access to hijacked PCs
    7 September 2012 - Hijacked PCs formed into botnets are responsible for sending out most junk mail or spam
     
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    Citadel botnet bust considered successful...
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    Microsoft’s botnet bust hailed a success
    Sat, Jun 08, 2013 - CYBERCRIME: The network of infected PCs was used to steal money from financial organizations on a massive scale, as well as spamming and disrupting networks

     

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