Wazoo Posted March 3, 2010 Share Posted March 3, 2010 Microsoft takes legal action to shut down Waledac botnet activity and actions described Microsoft helps smash massive botnet scary graphic included Spanish Police Take Down Massive Mariposa Botnet apparently, an even larger botnet that may now be down and out however, the background data is not so good ... Mariposa-infected computers were linked to 13 million unique Internet Protocol addresses, said Pedro Bustamante, a researcher with Panda Security. It's hard to pinpoint the exact size of the botnet from that number, but it appears to be one of the world's largest. Researchers studying the notorious Conficker botnet have linked it to half as many IP addresses. .............. Antivirus companies did a good job of detecting some versions of the Mariposa code, but the bad guys changed their software often enough -- sometimes every 48 hours -- that many versions of the malware went undetected. "The AV companies couldn't write signatures fast enough," Davis said. The researchers say that there are still many Mariposa-infected PCs out there, but they are working with antivirus vendors to improve detection and remove the malicious code from the Internet. Over the next month or two, there should be "a pretty big decline" in the number of infected computers, Davis said. Authorities bust 3 in infection of 13M computers A bit more detail, some reporters citing this article as their own source .... Talking Bots with Japan's 'Cyber Clean Center' Bian Krebs talking about one approach at something I addressed quite a long time ago ... proactive ISPs Microsoft's Charney details new botnet protection, IdM technology at RSA and more trash talking from the Microsoft VIPs ... recalling that Mr. Gates himself was gong to solve the spam problem a few years back <g> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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