Latest in Botnet

Image credit:

Microsoft declares 'open season' on botnets, beats Waledac in court

Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

When we heard that Microsoft was appealing to a higher power to shut down the Waledac botnet, we assumed that meant lighting candles at St. Francis Parish -- instead, the company went to the courts. At its prime, Waledac was estimated to have infected upwards of 90,000 machines, which in turn sent out approximately 1.5 billion pieces of spam a day (about one percent of the world's total). In February, District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a temporary restraining order taking the 276 domains that the perps used for the network's command and control structure offline, and earlier this month the act was finalized with the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia granting a motion that, according to USA Today, "[effectively] gives Microsoft permanent ownership" of the domains.

Although the defendants didn't come forward, Microsoft lawyers were able to prove that they were indeed aware of the case -- it seems that not only did they launch a DDOS attack against Microsoft's law firm, they also threatened a researcher involved in the case. Of course, since the worm can also operate in peer-to-peer mode there's no telling how many infected machines are still out there, but at the very least the botnet has been crippled -- and now companies like Microsoft have proven legal recourse if they are targeted by domains (at least ones registered in the US). "It's open season on botnets," said Microsoft senior attorney Richard Boscovich Sr. "The hunting licenses have been handed out, and we're coming back for more."

Image: Privacy Canada (https://privacycanada.net).

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Disney+ public pre-orders are open, but without deep bundle discounts

Disney+ public pre-orders are open, but without deep bundle discounts

View
Facebook's Libra currency will get half its backing from the US dollar

Facebook's Libra currency will get half its backing from the US dollar

View
AMD delays 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU to November

AMD delays 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU to November

View
Erica's modular synth helps you make music with preset cards

Erica's modular synth helps you make music with preset cards

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr