Posts tagged “Botnets”

Researchers clobber Khelios spam botnet

Source: Krebs on Security

Experts from across the security industry collaborated this week to quarantine more than 110,000 Microsoft Windows PCs that were infected with the Khelios worm, a contagion that forces infected PCs to blast out junk email advertising rogue Internet pharmacies.

ISP backlash over bot notification initiative


A new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) effort to establish voluntary best practices for how ISPs should notify their customers whose machines are part of a botnet has met with some resistance from the service provider community.

Microsoft fails to credit Kelihos takedown partner

Source: InfoWorld

Microsoft grabbed headlines Wednesday with its report about the successful takedown of the Kelihos botnet, but while the company detailed the achievements of its Digital Crimes Unit, it failed to mention the major role security firm Kaspersky Lab played in the operation.

Botnet takedown: Researcher describes how Kelihos fell

Source: Threatpost

Dennis Fisher talks with Kaspersky Lab Researcher Tillmann Werner about the takedown of the Kelihos botnet, the network’s unique multi-tiered architecture, its custom protocol and the ethics and legality of pushing updates to disable bots on users’ machines.