Archive for the ‘Botnets’ Category

Vista Anti-Virus 2011– Seriously, Microsoft?

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Last night I was doing some Google queries to research a technical issue I was having with GlusterFS. I clicked on a link Google had suggested for me and suddenly the performance of my system had slowed to a crawl. I assumed that the site had JavaScript, or some other poorly implemented client-side code on it but it was really much worse.

I had been hit by malware…

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If you get less spam today, thank Microsoft

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Microsoft is usually the punch line of jokes related to the security of their software but apparently they take spam, botnets, and malicious code creators very, very seriously.

In an apparent raid coordinated between Microsoft and federal authorities yesterday (as the wall street journal first reported) one of the largest botnets in the world (known as “Rustock”) was shutdown. “Rustock” was believed to be in control of over one million infected PCs worldwide and responsible for more than a billion spam messages a day.

So if you notice that the spam in your inbox is a little lighter today than it was yesterday, You might just have Microsoft to thank.

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-Drew