Court Grants Microsoft’s Request to Ownership of Spamming Botnet Domain Names

15 September 2010 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Author(s): Peter Vogel

276 domain names maliciously used by Waledac botnets were transferred to Microsoft, even though Waledac never participated in the suit. Waledac sent more than 1.5 billion daily spam messages in 2009. US District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the Order transferring the 276 domain names which in one recent seven-day period counted 58,000 PCs attempting 14.6 million connections. This is a very creative way to try to block botnets, but unfortunately cyber criminals will find new paths to commit cyber crimes.

Millions of Daily Cyberattacks

A former CIO at the US Department of Energy recently reported that DOE has at least 10 million cyberattacks per day. Not complicated to multiple these millions of cyberattacks to the entire US government, and you can easily image that there are billions of cyberattacks per day. Unfortunately Microsoft’s success with these 276 domain names is a merely a dent in a huge wave of cyberattacks. Doubtful cyberattacks will abate anytime in the future.

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