It Took Police Three Years to Fully Shut Down a Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down. » 2/26/15 6:00am 2/26/15 6:00am

The 6 Biggest Bitcoin Heists in History

Ever since a single Bitcoin became worth a small fortune, there have been people trying to steal them. Sure, there have some small-time thieves who've stolen a few hundred dollars worth of Bitcoin here and there. But there have also been heists. Massive, highly orchestrated attacks that lead to millions of dollars… » 2/27/14 1:00pm 2/27/14 1:00pm

Botnet Warlord: Meet the Man Who Will Kill Your Computer

You can blow away any website in the world if you try hard. Throw enough traffic at a server on the internet—friendly or otherwise—and it'll buckle. For most these attacks are a headache, but here's one man who makes a sport (and money) out of swarming his enemies online. » 4/09/13 12:00pm 4/09/13 12:00pm

World's Third-Largest Spam Botnet Is Knocked Offline for Good

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As a Show of Gratitude for Discovering the Mac Botnet, Apple Tries to…

Dr. Web is the security firm that discovered last week's all-Mac botnet, something that is pretty unprecedented for the operating system. After sending Apple the findings of their research, Dr. Web heard nothing. And while it technically has yet to acknowledge Dr. Web at all, the fact that Apple attempted to nix the… » 4/10/12 1:15pm 4/10/12 1:15pm

Microsoft Raids Take Botnet Stings Into Its Own Hands

Over the weekend, Microsoft teams accompanied by United States marshals raided buildings and seized hundreds of web addresses to shut down a major botnet syndicate. The sting was part of a civil suit brought by Microsoft—because it was tired of waiting for law enforcement bodies to act. » 3/26/12 4:21am 3/26/12 4:21am

How Microsoft and Kaspersky Labs Neutralized a Spam Botnet

Botnets are feared not only for what they can do, but also for their resiliant nature (they're virtually impossible to completely disband). Still, Microsoft and Kaspersky Labs teamed up recently to foil a particularly malevolent botnet called Kelihos. Here's how. » 9/30/11 11:08am 9/30/11 11:08am

There's a Botnet Called TDL-4 That's Virtually Indestructable

TDSS is a trojan virus that infects computers and installs the TDL-4 program, which makes said computer part of a botnet 4.5 million machines strong. TDL-4 is extremely difficult to detect and eliminate. One expert at Kapersky Labs says TDL-4 is "practically indestructable." » 6/30/11 9:40pm 6/30/11 9:40pm

Inside the Big Business of Spam Botnets

Spam emails are usually so crude that it might seem impossible that spammers make money from them, but the sheer volume of messages sent every day makes spamming a profitable industry - most emails sent worldwide are spam. » 3/28/11 8:40pm 3/28/11 8:40pm

Night of the Living Androids: New Botnet will Zombify Your Smartphones

If there are two things that nerds fear the most, it's the impending zombie apocalypse and the threat of viruses and malware on their smartphones. Well it looks like the latter is one step closer to reality. » 1/22/11 1:40am 1/22/11 1:40am

Microsoft Wants To Keep Your Sick Computers Off The Internet

According to Microsoft, your virus-infected computer is no different from a diseased human. This means that it should be quarantined until it's healthy so that it doesn't put others at risk: » 10/06/10 11:20pm 10/06/10 11:20pm

The Myth of Computer Security

Let me tell you about a myth, a story, a fable that's been concocted and perpetuated by certain media groups. It's a story about how—with proper protection—your computer is immune to cyber attacks, viruses and other malware. » 6/03/10 1:00pm 6/03/10 1:00pm

Anti-Spam Warriors Fight Botnet With Botnet

Researchers at the International Computer Science Institute and UC-San Diego have achieved 100% success rates in filtering spam from a specific botnet. The strategy? Capture the enemy, and make him talk. » 1/25/10 5:00pm 1/25/10 5:00pm

How Three Guys Dismantled One of the World's Most Powerful Botnets

If you're envisioning lines of code flying across bays of screens, amphetamine-fueled digital manhunts and dramatic, albeit rendered, explosions, I'm sorry. When major botnets fall nowadays, it's the product of hard work, patience, and some well-placed phone calls. » 12/29/09 9:31am 12/29/09 9:31am

Giant Dutch Botnet Busted, Forced to Commit Ritualistic Suicide

When the Dutch High Tech Crime unit raided the 150,000-machine strong Shadow botnet, they didn't simply bust its 19- and 16-year-old basement-dwelling operators. Oh no. Instead of simply decapitating it from the top, the police enlisted the help of Kaspersky Labs to actually take full control, driving the cold dagger… » 8/15/08 9:00am 8/15/08 9:00am