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FBI Takes Out $14M DNS Malware Operation 57

Posted by samzenpus
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coondoggie writes "U.S. law enforcement today said it had smashed what it called a massive, sophisticated Internet fraud scheme that injected malware in more than four million computers in over 100 countries while generating $14 million in illegitimate income. Of the computers infected with malware, at least 500,000 were in the United States, including computers belonging to U.S. government agencies, such as NASA."
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FBI Takes Out $14M DNS Malware Operation

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  • by ackthpt (218170) on Wednesday November 09, 2011 @06:57PM (#38006042) Homepage Journal

    That's like claiming the interception of one bale of weed at the Mexican Border is a Major Interdiction.

    Still, glad they're doing something. Every little bit helps.

  • by Arrogant-Bastard (141720) on Wednesday November 09, 2011 @08:14PM (#38006872)
    ...because there are now 4 million pre-compromised systems in the field. It's a certainty that they are now all attractive targets for anyone clever enough to detect them and acquire control of them. I think chances are quite good that as you're reading this, more than one person/group is attempting that very thing. They'll probably succeed. And when they do, they'll use yet another C&C mechanism to organize them, harness them, and get on to whatever mischief they choose.

    Seen in that context, this announcement is just a PR exercise. It has no real significance.

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