Microsoft busts spam network

September 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.

Explore further: Microsoft uses law to cripple hacker spam network

Related Stories

Microsoft uses law to cripple hacker spam network

February 25, 2010

Microsoft on Thursday said it combined technology with an "extraordinary" legal maneuver to cripple a massive network of hacked computers that had been flooding the Internet with spam.

Spam down but 'zombie' armies growing: McAfee

May 7, 2009

Hackers appear to be beefing up armies of "zombie" computers to recover from a major hit scored in the battle against spam email, according to software security firm McAfee.

Recommended for you

Permanent, wireless self-charging system using NIR band

October 8, 2018

As wearable devices are emerging, there are numerous studies on wireless charging systems. Here, a KAIST research team has developed a permanent, wireless self-charging platform for low-power wearable electronics by converting ...

Facebook launches AI video-calling device 'Portal'

October 8, 2018

Facebook on Monday launched a range of AI-powered video-calling devices, a strategic revolution for the social network giant which is aiming for a slice of the smart speaker market that is currently dominated by Amazon and ...

Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas

October 4, 2018

In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enzyme that functions in the metabolism of living cells. These enzymes can utilize ...

7 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

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.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.