Bredolab botnet operator arrested

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    Virus Guy Guest

    Bredolab botnet operator arrested

    30 million computers in the clear
    26 Oct 2010 16:43 | by Dean Wilson

    A man suspected of running the Bredolab botnet has been arrested in
    Armenia today, only a day after the botnet had been taken down by a
    cyber security squad.

    The 27-year-old man, whose name was not released, was arrested at the
    Yerevan Airport in Armenia on suspicion of operating the botnet of 30
    million computers which was used by criminals to push spam, install
    malware, log passwords, and steal money.

    The arrest comes within 24 hours of the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit
    announcing the demise of the botnet after intense efforts to wrestle
    control of the command servers from hackers. The operation was
    coordinated with the Dutch Forensic Institute and two security firms, and 143 servers were seized from the criminals and
    subsequently disconnected, effectively shutting down the botnet which
    had been operating since July of 2009.

    Infected computers which house the Bredolab malware will now receive a
    notice the next time they log on, telling them that their computer is
    infected. Directions to remove the infection will be supplied, which
    could see the end of many more criminal activities.

    The Armenian man was arrested in conjunction with the Dutch
    investigation. He is accused of renting out the botnet to other
    criminals, which means that their details may also come into the hands
    of authorities, resulting in further arrests and the end of more
    Virus Guy, Oct 27, 2010
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    RayLopez99 Guest

    It's about time. Good job, but there's probably another 100 such
    sites out there.

    RayLopez99, Oct 29, 2010
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  3. It's about time. Good job, but there's probably another 100 such
    sites out there.

    FromTheRafters, Oct 29, 2010
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