Thursday, May 26, 2011

Microsoft fingers Russians over Rustock spam botnet

The Rustock botnet, taken down earlier this year in a Microsoft-led action, appears to have been operated by Russians according to evidence collected by the company.

Court action by Microsoft saw the Rustock botnet taken offline in March, causing an almost immediate drop in global spam volumes. The Rustock action was unusual in that Microsoft made claims not only of spamming, but also of trademark infringement. Trademark infringement allows the wronged party to seize the property of the infringer, and it is this seized property—specifically, hard disks used in the botnet's command and control servers—that has enabled the company to determine who was responsible for the network.

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