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Title: Security firm chokes sprawling spam botnet
Post by: faith_michele on November 11, 2009, 05:40:49 AM
Has anyone heard more about this?

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Security firm chokes sprawling spam botnet

Mega-D no more

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco, 10th November 2009


A botnet that was once responsible for an estimated third of the world's spam has been knocked out of commission thanks to researchers from security firm FireEye.

After carefully analyzing the machinations of the massive botnet, alternately known as Mega-D and Ozdok, the FireEye employees last week launched a coordinated blitz on dozens of its command and control channels. The channels were used to send new spamming instructions to the legions of zombie machines that make up the network.

Almost immediately, the spam stopped, according to M86 Security blog. Last year, the email security firm estimated the botnet was the leading source of spam until some of its servers were disabled.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/10/fireeye_takes_out_ozdok/

http://blog.fireeye.com/research/2009/11/killing-the-beastpart-4.html
Title: Re: Security firm chokes sprawling spam botnet
Post by: Bugbatter on November 11, 2009, 01:20:34 PM
This flew into Twitter today:
http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2009/11/researchers-well-aimed-stone-take-down-goliath-botnet.ars?utm_source=microblogging&utm_medium=arstch&utm_term=Main%20Account&utm_campaign=microblogging
Title: Re: Security firm chokes sprawling spam botnet
Post by: faith_michele on November 11, 2009, 02:48:47 PM
Thanks! :)