Microsoft takes down Russian Botnet

Microsoft has taken down the Russian botnet "Rustock". The Rustock botnet is thought to be the largest (current) contributor to global spam, according to Symantec. Rustock had quieted done around the winter holiday season, and then resurfaced with a vengeance in January.

Microsoft is revealing information on how they went about taking down the botnet, saying that the process was both technical and legal. According to the article "Microsoft details Rustock botnet takedown" appearing in iTnews, US Marshalls went into 5 hosting centers in seven US locations last week and seized machines involved in the Rustock botnet.

Microsoft thinks Rustock has infected one million computers around the world, and has a dedicated area of their website to provide more information and resources to help guide in the removal of Rustock malware.


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