18 Mar '11, 8am

Microsoft takes down major fake drug spam network: [straitstimes.com] on Thursday announced the dismantling of a...

Microsoft takes down major fake drug spam network: [straitstimes.com] on Thursday announced the dismantling of a...

Microsoft announced the dismantling of a 'notorious and complex' network of virus-infected computers used to send billions of email messages daily hawking fake drugs. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SAN FRANCISCO - MICROSOFT on Thursday announced the dismantling of a 'notorious and complex' network of virus-infected computers used to send billions of email messages daily hawking fake drugs. The Rustock 'botnet' consisted of about a million computers that were infected with malicious code to let hackers covertly control the machines from afar using 'command and control' servers. Owners of infected computers are typically not aware that hackers are using their machines. 'Bot-herders infect computers with malware in a number of ways, such as when a computer owner visits a website booby-trapped with malware and clicks on a malicious advertisement or opens an infected email attachment,' said...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/TechandScience/S...

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