Microsoft scores legal victory against massive botnet

By Matthew
Sep 9, 2010
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  1. Microsoft has dealt a fatal blow to what was once of the world's largest botnets. Redmond and partners including Symantec, Shadowserver Foundation, the University of Washington and others set out earlier this year to tackle the Waledac botnet in an effort dubbed "Operation b49."

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  2. It's about time Microsoft gets a break.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,256   +110

  4. NO sign of Apple when it comes to Global issues...Typical
  5. anguis

    anguis Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    Apple was not affected here. Give it time. Once virus writers start to target Apple, you will see Apple start to do something about it. You don't see Sony, HP, Dell, or other manufacturers helping this one either, do you?

    It would be interesting to know exactly how they shut this botnet down. The domains must have been attained through the USA or a friendly country..otherwise how could a USA federal court "grant Redmond legal ownership of all but one of those domains." What kind of ***** would use solely domains based in the USA?
  6. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TechSpot Maniac Posts: 480   +8

    We couldn't have one article about Microsoft without bringing up/bashing Apple eh? Well we probably have, but that was still a derailment.
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    The entire of the UK is covered in red markers... We're invisible I tell ya! :D
  8. jwdR1

    jwdR1 Newcomer, in training

    That's great until someone at MS realizes they now have a new advertising medium! :)
  9. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 384   +10

    Article says they're notifying infected ISPs - those would be the ones hosting the newly Microsoft-owned domains, I suppose. (Feel free to correct that...) If they're notifying the domain hosting services, how would that cripple an established botnet, which can presumably be fed its spam from pretty much anywhere?

    As @anguis said, it would be interesting to see some information on how this shuts down the botnet, or if it doesn't, what exactly does shut it down.
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 742   +14

    Microsoft is somewhat a hypocrite. When will they simply design windows not to have such vulnerabilities? Linux anyone?
  11. tengeta

    tengeta TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 632

    Thats a little overboard, thats like suing a car maker because your car got stolen and they didn't make the glass breakproof. Vulnerabilities exist in even Linux, and if its user base grows so will the abuse of those vulnerabilities (Ubuntu is an excellent distro to study for that effect).
  12. lpmjames

    lpmjames Newcomer, in training Posts: 155

    tengeta is right... i use both ubuntu and windows.. and if the user base was comparable to that of windows,, linux would definately have its share of 'botnets' .. i personally think who is behind waledac?? thats one real question which leads to why does redmond get ownership in all but one ?? 1 ??
  13. anguis

    anguis Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    The primary reason for any system to be infected = lack of updates. You would be AMAZED to see just how many computers / servers / etc are not updated. OS updates, software updates, etc, are all necessary. Many many many people fail to keep their system up to date, and they face the consequences later when they get hacked.
     
  14. otester

    otester Newcomer, in training Posts: 41

    Amen to that.
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,986   +66

    Don't worry you aren't alone in that, whole of the US is covered in RED as well, good thing we aren't living in the days of Cold War .........

    Linus isn't the safest OS out there, it has about the same (or worse security issues, Secunia) .... it is just that they are inferior target alongside apple's OS because of simple reason, lot less users, hence the economy of scales sort of keeps them safe for now.
  16. otester

    otester Newcomer, in training Posts: 41

    It's like Android, that's targeted more than Windows Mobile.


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