Microsoft busts spam network

Sep 27, 2011
Microsoft on Tuesday said it struck another blow in its battle against cyber crooks by busting a spam-sending network of virus-infected computers.

Microsoft on Tuesday said it struck another blow in its battle against cyber crooks by busting a spam-sending network of virus-infected computers.

Along with taking down a "" believed to have been used for nefarious activities including , stock scams, and sexual exploitation of children, Microsoft sued the owner of an online domain used to control operations.

resident Dominique Alexander Piatti was served notice of the lawsuit on Monday, according to Microsoft.

Naming owners of online venues used to control armies of "zombie" computers infected with "helps expose how cybercrime is enabled when domain providers and other cyber infrastructure providers fail to know their customers," Microsoft said.

The disrupted network was referred to as "Kelihos" and was suspected of being a reincarnation of the first botnet Microsoft took down with a combination of legal and technical tactics.

"The Kelihos takedown is intended to send a strong message to those behind botnets that it's unwise for them to simply try to update their code and rebuild a botnet once we've dismantled it," Microsoft said.

Microsoft went through a US federal court to get an order clearing the way for the software colossus to sever connections between a group of domains owned by Piatti and ranks of "zombie computers" infected with viruses.

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Sin_Amos
4.3 / 5 (3) Sep 27, 2011
Woot!
fmfbrestel
4.9 / 5 (7) Sep 27, 2011
The botnet take downs are the best thing Microsoft has ever done for it's public image. I don't know how much they spend doing this, but I am glad that they do.
Nanobanano
4.5 / 5 (2) Sep 27, 2011
Can we stop with the ridiculous "tech giant, titan, heavyweight, colossus, hulk, dreadnaught, insert-another-word-for-'big'-here" crap?

It's not just physorg, but even mainstream news media has gotten to this. I guess they got sick of using the terms "giant" and "monopoly," so now they pull out a thesaurus to look for another personified word for "big".
cmn
5 / 5 (4) Sep 27, 2011
Not that I think taking down a botnet is a bad thing, but it worries me that legal authorities are delegating their powers to non-legal entities, entities with agendas other than simply upholding the law.
Burnerjack
5 / 5 (1) Sep 27, 2011
As for myself, I automaticaly boycott anything that I am made aware of via spam. The public has far more power than it understands.
hemitite
not rated yet Sep 27, 2011
CMM,

Actually such delegating is a very traditional practice in American Law, like deputizing the members of a posse. It just isn't used that much these days.
fmfbrestel
5 / 5 (3) Sep 27, 2011
CMN- Well the bot nets are rooted in Microsoft software, and violate their TOS. This is the legal avenue Microsoft uses, and they still have to get a Federal Court to sign off.
frajo
not rated yet Sep 29, 2011
The botnet take downs are the best thing Microsoft has ever done for it's public image. I don't know how much they spend doing this, but I am glad that they do.

Botnets might never have come into existence without MS products. (I acknowledge that this is a non-falsifiable proposition.)