Personal Data Protection & Mobile Security Solutions

Microsoft Scores a Digital Knockout…A Solid Punch That Removed 40% of all Spam | Rustock Botnet Out Cold!

by dballard on March 26, 2011

CyberHood Watch Gives Microsoft Digital Crimes a High-Five

CHW High-Fives Microsoft Digital Crime Unit

Good NewsMicrosoft takes down the Rustock botnet | Bad News…Other botnets will try to fill the void.

Earlier this week my son shared with me that Microsoft had busted a botnet ring that shut down nearly forty percent (40%) of all the generated spam…WOW! High-Fives to Microsoft.

A year earlier, “Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit  (DCU), in cooperation with industry and academic experts, had successfully taken down the botnet Waledac in an operation known as “Operation b49”. What was learned in the take down of the Waledac contributed to the success in the demise of the Rustock botnet.

It is about bleeping time…” Bots are versatile, limited only by the imagination of the bot-herder. That’s why Microsoft and our partners are working so aggressively on innovative approaches to quickly take out the entire infrastructure of a botnet, so that it stays inactive as we assist in cleaning the malware off of infected computers. This is how we approached the Waledac takedown and are currently approaching the Rustock takedown. We will continue to invest similar operations in the future as well in our mission to annihilate botnets and make the Internet a safer place for everyone.”

The more technical support on the part of the digital and security industry leaders, the more kids, parents, and small businesses can concentrate on developing best behavioral practices for a safe & secure digital life.

Taking down Rustock is a big deal, at times it sent out 30 billion spam e-mails per day.

There are no excuses for anyone to surf the Internet without malware protection for all your digital devices. A guest, and a veteran homicide detective, on CHWR one said, he wished he had a dime every time he heard a victim/family member say, “I never thought this would happen to me.”

Communication & Awareness | Talk 10 minutes with your child every day…Be in the conversation.

Your CyberHood Watch Partner,


david c ballard

Radio Security Journalist

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