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Microsoft details Rustock botnet takedown

A million bots at a loose end, still infected.

Microsoft has revealed how it decapitated one of the world’s largest botnets,
Rustock, capable of sending out billions
of pharmaceutical spam a day.

The sudden end to Rustock spam late last week was the “denouement” of a
multi-month joint effort codenamed "Operation
b107" between Microsoft, drug company Pfizer and authorities in the US and the
Netherlands.

The takedown was both technical and legal, with Microsoft employing the same
strategy it used against the Waledac botnet
operators by filing a "John Doe" law suit against the anonymous operators of
Rustock.

Arguing its case for a court order to be issued, Microsoft told a Washington
Seattle District Court that the unknown
botnet operator had caused harm to Microsoft and other members of the public in
Washington.

At its height in 2010, Rustock was responsible for 47.5 per cent of the world's
spam, according to Symantec.

After obtaining the court order, US Marshalls officers last week seized
Rustock’s command and control servers from five
hosting centres in seven locations across the US.

Full Story:
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/251801,microsoft-details-rustock-botnet-takedown.aspx

Cheers Don...

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It made a big difference! Never thought I'd say - Well done Microsoft!

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And within a short time, it will be back up and running again as
though nothing happened

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Rustock, capable of sending out billions
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Possibly but it all comes down to the degree of prosecution and
incarceration

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Wikipedia just reported its demise.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rustock_botnet

Rustock botnet
 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Rustock botnet was a botnet that operated from around 2006 until March 2011.

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Likely to be none.

Sylvia.


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On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 16:08:59 -0700 (PDT), kreed

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Rod Speed is reported to be very upset.

No where now to buy his Viagra!

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Good news indeed. Just goes to show what can be done if enough money, lawyers
and influence is thrown at the problem. Hope this isn't the end of it and
progress is being made at tracking down the anonymous operators. I suggest that
a speedy trial and public hanging from the nearest lamp post would be a fair
thing.

I've just read  a message in my spam trap from a nice Christian Dutch lady who
is terminally ill in hospital. In accordance with her late husbands wishes she
wants to transfer her entire fortune to me so that I can distribute it to worthy
charitable causes. Well it makes a change from emails from the brother-in-law of
the late Oil Minister of Nigeria.
PH


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For a minute there, I thought Microshit might have fixed the actual
Problem, their own servers spam detection (useless at the best of times)

But no, it's easier to shut down the network creating the spam than
fix their own software.



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Funny, but I haven't seen pharma spam for years. The servers were well
listed on spam blockers that I use.

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