Microsoft says helps take down spam email network

Posted in: Spam at 19/03/2011 15:30

Microsoft Corp claimed credit on Thursday for taking down one of the biggest producers of spam e-mail in a joint effort with federal authorities across the United States.

The world's biggest software company said its legal action against the operator of the Rustock 'botnet' -- or network of infected computers programmed to send spam e-mail -- led to raids across the country on Thursday which effectively shut the network down.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/idINIndia-55676320110318
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/oukin-uk-microsoft-botnet-idUKTRE72H0LT20110318

Spam Network Shut Down
Microsoft Corp. and federal law enforcement agents seized computer equipment from Internet hosting facilities across the U.S. in a sweeping legal attack designed to cripple the leading source of junk email on the Internet.

Microsoft launched the raids as part of a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle in early February against unnamed operators of the Rustock "botnet," a vast network of computers around the globe infected with malicious software that allows its masterminds to distribute enormous volumes of spam, peddling everything from counterfeit software to pharmaceuticals.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703328404576207173861008758.html

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