Bredolab: October, 2010

At its height, the Bredolab botnet numbered more than three million hosts and was responsible for 30 million infections and 3.6 billion spam e-mails daily.The global botnet was brought down by the Dutch cyber crime unit, which seized the command and control infrastructure used by the botnet and, with the cooperation of Armenian authorities, arrest the man believed to be its operator. While that’s nothing special, what the Dutch authorities did after seizing control of Bredolab was.

At its height, the Bredolab botnet numbered more than three million hosts and was responsible for 30 million infections and 3.6 billion spam e-mails daily.The global botnet was brought down by the Dutch cyber crime unit, which seized the command and control infrastructure used by the botnet and, with the cooperation of Armenian authorities, arrest the man believed to be its operator. While that’s nothing special, what the Dutch authorities did after seizing control of Bredolab was. Following the take-down, infected computers were redirected to a Web page with instructions on removing the Bredolab Trojan – essentially using the botnet to disable itself.

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