Thursday, February 25, 2010

MS Gets Court Approval to Delete Botnet

A judge has granted Microsoft's request to shutdown over 275 internet domains which the computer corporation says are part of Waledac botnet. Waledac is thought to be one of the 10 largest botnets in the U.S., having infected nearly 100,000 computers. An analysis is said to have shown that the Waledac sent over 650 million spam e-mails to Hotmail accounts alone in less than three weeks in December!

Microsoft called the operation a legal first. But even though the domains have been shutdown, experts say users need to run AV checks on their computers to ensure they are not still infected.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

1 comment:

ManoDogs said...

Some experts say Microsoft's "take-down" of Waledac is little more than show, contending the botnet is hardly crippled, despite Microsoft's efforts. Further, many are saying Waledac is responsible for about 1% of the world's spam - hardly the major feat the software giant claims to have accomplished.

These same experts note other gangs will swiftly move-in to fill the void, no matter how large or small.