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FBI Stops Malware Creeps

I am not the biggest proponent of big government, but I've long felt that law enforcement should do more to stop cyber crime. If not the cops, then who?

Progress has been made, often with the help of vendors such as Microsoft. The latest bust is by the FBI against a massive malware ring based in Russia and Estonia.

The ring infected and took over some four million machines. Once infected, the ring redirected users away from legit sites to bogus sites from the group Rove Digital, which replaced the legitimate ads and sold bogus products.

How do we crack the case on crooks like this? Advice welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/14/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Mon, Nov 14, 2011 LACAUSA LA CA USA

I know this is a legally tricky suggestion. I'm convinced that companies, large or small, with IT staff should find ways to doubly ensure that their own employees are not involved in--or covertly supporting--malware, cracking, hacking, DDOS's, etc. Some argue "What they do on their own time is their business." But they cannot keep it "on their own time" when peers or the promise of big money pressurize them. Sooner or later company servers will be revved into illegal service. Or company gear will be subject to IT audit by a federal forensic team. I don't know technically how my suggestion can be *legally* carried out. And companies must do it legally. Administratively, new, specific anti-hacking clauses in employee agreements could be helpful. But I do know that most companies are inadequately protected from illicit, _externally directed_ hacking activities by a few bad-hats they MAY POSSIBLY employ. Scared rats bite anyone.

Mon, Nov 14, 2011

Make a secure OS and educate users.

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