In its ongoing quest to right some of the wrongs caused by Windows XP, Microsoft has taken down another massive botnot.
A bug that was fixed in January is still plaguing some Ruby on Rails coders. Hackers are hooking servers up to a botnet controlled through IRC.
Microsoft and Symantec shut down servers at two data centers today, pulling a botnet that could be up to 900,000 infected computers strong offline.
The FBI, with the help of Facebook’s security team, arrested a number of people involved with the Yahos malware, which affected over 11 million people.
The outgoing executive assistant director of the F.B.I., Shawn Henry, is not leaving on an optimistic note. “We’re not winning,” the nation’s top cyber-cop told the Wall Street Journal. ”I don’t see how we ever come out of this without changes in technology or changes in behavior, because with the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security.”
The “TDL-4″ botnet now has more than 4.5 million infected PCs running on it and is the “most sophisticated threat” to computer security today, according to Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov.