Botnet

  • NSA 'hijacked' criminal botnets as a resource for spying March 13, 2014

    San Francisco: While US law enforcement agencies have long tried to stamp out networks of compromised computers used by cyber criminals, the National Security Agency has been hijacking the so-called botnets as a resource for spying. The NSA has "co-opted" more than 140,000 computers since August 2007 for the purpose of...
  • Cyber security market may reach $870 mn by 2017: Report March 31, 2013

    Mumbai: Global market for cyber security solutions may grow to USD 870 million by 2017, says research firm IDC. Cybercriminals use thousands of networked computers (botnets) to 'jam' a website by directing excessive traffic to it, causing it to crash. Such attacks are often termed as...
  • FBI targets two 'scareware' rings in US, Europe June 23, 2011

    Washington: Police in the United States and seven other countries seized computers and servers used to run a "scareware" scheme that has netted more than $72 million from victims tricked into buying fake anti-virus software. Twenty-two computers and servers were seized in the United States and 25 others in France, Germany,...
  • US shuts down massive cyber theft ring April 14, 2011

    Washington/Boston: US authorities claimed one of their biggest victories against cyber crime as they shut down a ring they said used malicious software to take control of more than 2 million PCs around the world, and may have led to theft of more than $100 million. A computer virus, dubbed Coreflood,...
  • Microsoft takes down spam e-mail network March 18, 2011

    Seattle: Microsoft Corp claimed credit on Thursday for taking down one of the biggest producers of spam e-mail in a joint effort with federal authorities across the United States. The world's biggest software company said its legal action against the operator of the Rustock 'botnet' - or network of infected computers...