Microsoft disables 41,000-strong Kelihos botnet

By Matthew · 11 replies
Sep 27, 2011
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  1. Microsoft added another notch to its belt today following the demise of a 41,000-strong botnet. Called Kelihos or Waledac 2.0, the zombie network was capable of sending 3.8 billion spam emails…

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  2. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Anyone else just imagine Microsoft as a character from an old western film?

    Just saying…
  3. That is absolutely great! Now let's get the rest of the 60%.
  4. @Guest. Unlikely, as others will be created.

    Zerg Rush anyone? :p
  5. Microsoft administering yet another enema to the interweb.
  6. Thank You Microsoft
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Must be the botherder comment. But, they are acting like the new Sherrif in town and have the big guns (code posse) that can take down botnets. /queue the tumbleweeds
  8. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    That's awesome GJ Microsoft! I admin a webmaster and privacy administrator account for a Fortune 500 company, needless to say I get a BUTTLOAD of spam. This is great news.
  9. The ONLY way to get rid of these botnets is to stop using MICROSOFT!

    Get a brain and then start using it!
  10. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    Ah huh, 90+% of the world uses a Microsoft OS, not to mention their other products like MS Office that probably EVERY company is integrated with. You think we should all switch to iOS ( which is basically Linux ) ?

    I think we people without a brain are going to be using some sort of MS product til we die.
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    And the alternatives are OSX, which is too expensive when you consider it is linked to hardware, or Linux, which is a great OS for people who are complete computer nerds, but reality is cannot be given away for free as 99.999% of the people are not complete computer nerds.

    So which of the two did you have in mind when you made your post?
  12. The problem with OSx is that it requires very specific (and usually more expensive) hardware, it's also just a gussied up UNIX (read: Linux) distro.
    The problem with Linux is not only is it slightly less user friendly (it's made great strides in recent years to make all of the basic functions very user friendly, but I still find myself needing to go into command window when I need to install a program), but that it's a fragmented environment. You've got Ubuntu, Red Hat, Debian, among dozens others, each one unique and different - and each one needing to be taught how to play nice with other OSs (with except maybe server distros of Linux). And on top of all this is Linux's memory issues. Yes, they're lighter, but they way it handles programs is inappropriate for the large and powerful programs of modern day (compared to what they were when Linux first said hello to the world).
    While all these issues with Linux combine to create a "security by obscurity", that security is just an illusion and Linux is just waiting to be exploited. You need to stop thinking about security as "holes" and more as "stats from RPGs". A hole implies it is something that can be blocked, sealed up and fixed, when really you could never plug all the holes. But, if you think of security in terms of stats, then yo realize you can improve on your weaknesses and strengths so that there are fewer opponents with stats higher than your own (that are able to beat you, because of that), and also allows for a layer of chance to be involved.

    Now, it's amazing that Microsoft is as secure as it is (with Windows 7 being ridiculous secure, it took months for hackers to find an exploit - when it normally takes them days or hours to find a weakness they can exploit). They are 90% of the market, including the fortune 500 companies - it's a very tempting, very valuable target. It has a high chance of at least some success, with an equally high chance of a massive pay off. Not only is the target bigger, but it's worth more too. So Microsoft has taken a proactive approach. Rather than cleaning up and fixing up after someone breaks their systems outright, they've started fighting back by taking these botnets down as quickly as they can (instead of just trying to keep them out of their customer's machines).
    Considering they have every hacker out there taking aim at their products (thousands, if not millions, against their hundreds, maybe thousands of programers), they're doing a remarkable job at staying ahead of the curve and keeping their users machine as safe as possible

    Of course, there's the human factor - and that's a whole other issue.

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