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Microsoft seizes Zeus botnet servers in Illinois, Pennsylvania

By Matthew
Mar 26, 2012
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  1. In collaboration with the financial services industry and the US government, Microsoft has dismantled another major malware network, raiding command-and-control servers in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Lombard, Illinois on Friday. Microsoft…

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  2. Why do they keep showing Gmail? They don't have any Windows Live Hotmail sessions running on their browsers?
  3. LOL but Windows is safe?

    I say this from my 5+ years behind a Linux PC not worrying if viruses even exist!

    But hey don't burn that MBR and install Ubuntu just keep rolling with what you know ( WINBLOWS ) and the jerks will keep infecting you.

    Actually I can't wait for the HACKER that has the balss to try to infect LINUX, he will be the one who gets crucified to make Jesus's ordeal look like a hazing event.
  4. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TechSpot Member Posts: 92   +28

    Queue Linux vs Windows flame war in 5 4 3 ...
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +511

    catching a lizzard by the tail isn't gonna work...

    i say, found a hacker cell - nuke it!
  6. I hate to burst your bubble "Guest", but there have been exploits and viruses for linux for years now. No OS is 100% safe, period.
    And before you go yelling, how about that hacker that re-inserted a linux distro on the master server it was hosted on, filled with tons of bad junk, how many hundreds of thousands of people downloaded that before they took it off their servers?
    You're not as safe as you think.
  7. All this negative stuff i see in the media really gives me the incentive to switch to a Mac or Linux computer but I must say kudos to Microsoft and their partners for having a strategic method for protecting the users.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,595   +864

    Management seems to be big on letting self important guest trolls like this have their say, while removing any rebuttals.
  9. Zilpha

    Zilpha TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 349

    People don't use Windows because they think it's complete safe; rather, they use Windows because it's a rich user experience. When Linux catches up to the user experience end of things (and cramming Unity down everyone's throat with no way to customize it at all because it's some developer's 'vision' is NOT a good user experience, for the record), then more people will use it.

    It's really that simple.

    Right now it's still a hobbyists' OS. Folks like to use polished software that works and not have to worry about compiling this module into that kernel and finding workarounds for their hardware to function. Look at things like hybrid graphics - The Bumblebee\Ironhide\etc projects are very good but it's still daunting for the inexperienced user to install and use. With notebooks starting to come with these things standard, Linux is even further behind the curve as hardware manufacturers don't want to bother with writing specialty drivers for such a small portion of the userbase.

    So you can act self-righteous all you want, but the bottom line is people will use what makes sense to them, is cost-effective, and easy to maintain.
  10. Phraun

    Phraun Newcomer, in training Posts: 34

    How does it feel to operate under an umbrella of total delusion?

    The operating system is irrelevant in most infection cases these days; rather, it has to do with the stupidity of the user in question. The issue here is that the barrier of entry for Linux is so high, few of those kinds of people have the patience to use it, instead preferring Windows or OSX. As such, those platforms have a far higher infection rate than Linux does.

    But hey, by all means continue to believe in your supposed "invulnerability". What could possibly go wrong?
  11. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce Newcomer, in training Posts: 68

    As the top comment on that video said, I'd watch a CSI like series if Microsoft decided to release it based on this subject. Video was nicely produced.

    Also: Botnets being shutdown means less internet congestion. Better not only for the people affected, but the internet as a whole.
     


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