October 21, 2008

Taking on Botnet Herders [7:09 pm]

A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer (pdf)

The actual numbers may be far larger; Microsoft investigators, who say they are tracking about 1,000 botnets at any given time, say the largest network still controls several million PCs.

“The mean time to infection is less than five minutes,” said Richie Lai, who is part of Microsoft’s Internet Safety Enforcement Team, a group of about 20 researchers and investigators. The team is tackling a menace that in the last five years has grown from a computer hacker pastime to a dark business that is threatening the commercial viability of the Internet.

And, with Macs becoming more popular, we may soon see a real test of its vaunted FreBSD roots.

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