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Taking a Bite out of Botnets

I hate hackers, and I particularly hate the fact that the vast majority of these blockheads get away with it.

One of the worst categories is the botnetters. These dopes take over our computers and use them to blast out billions of spam messages. Most of these boobs are overseas and tough to tackle, something that a few treaties and an international police effort could help.

In the U.S. the courts are becoming a nuisance for botnetters (not sure it is much more than that) by hearing cases against botnets that are somehow caught. The latest case? The U.S. Department of Justice is going after the cretins behind the Coreflood botnet. There are a baker's dozen of suspects scattered around the world. Now the FBI, working with foreign agencies, have to round these losers up.

Coreflood is one of the more successful botnets, having commandeered some 2.3 million computers.

While it may be tough finding the creepy culprits, many of the servers and domains driving Coreflood have been seized, hopefully putting the botnet out of business for good.

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/18/2011 at 1:18 PM


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