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Microsoft Tosses Cold Water on Father of Gods

The Zeus botnet was full of fire just a few short weeks ago. This group of dirt bags managed to purloin almost a half a billion dollars in its decade-plus of operation. Microsoft, working with law enforcement, took down two sites that supported the Zeus malware operations.

The news is good in that these sites spread that malware that stole money. The bad news? These are remote sites, a lot like offshore bank accounts. The jerks that stole all this money were not exactly running the data centers.

I am torn here. I am big on personal freedom, but I am just as big on doing (nearly) whatever it takes to nail these creeps.

Help me with this conundrum oh wise Redmond Report reader. How many of our liberties should we sacrifice in the name of Internet and financial security? Your calculations welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/28/2012 at 1:19 PM


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