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Biggest botnet takedown in history sees Rustock go offline

Mar 18, 2011, 10:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Humphries)

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"The reason for the sudden fall was a coordinated attack on one of the most successful botnets out there called Rustock. Multiple servers used by the botnet were taken offline simultaneously on Wednesday crippling Rustock's 26 command and control networks and therefore stopping them sending out around 30 billion spam messages every single day.

"Those networks were thought to be controlling in the region of 815,000 Windows PCs around the world infected with Rustock's rootkit and doing its dirty work. Unless those command networks can be brought back online, which nobody wants, those infected machines become useless to the spammers."

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