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Notorious Bredolab virus creator is sentenced to prison

Credited with infecting 30 million computers around the world, Georgy Avanesov is sentenced to four years in prison in Armenia.

By May 23, 2012


Microsoft, Symantec shutter another botnet

Symantec and Microsoft join forces to stop a botnet, and for the first time they provide clean-up tools directly to people with infected computers.

By February 6, 2013


U.S. is home to greatest number of botnet servers, says McAfee

With 631 active command and control servers, the U.S. far surpasses any other country when it comes to malware-controlled zombie computers, says the antivirus vendor.

By January 24, 2013


Hacker who infected 72K computers gets prison sentence

Joshua Schichtel pled guilty for selling botnets to customers "who wanted to infect computers with various different types of malicious software." Now, he's serving a 30-month prison term.

By September 6, 2012


EU nations give nod to tougher penalties for cybercrimes

The Council of Europe has approved rules which, if passed by the European Parliament, will make it a crime to create malware and botnets.

By June 13, 2011


U.S. shutters botnet, can disable malware remotely

Lawsuit, seizures, and other court actions are part of the "most complete and comprehensive enforcement action ever" against a botnet in the U.S.

By April 13, 2011


Microsoft and feds bring down spam giant Rustock

A raid, triggered by a Microsoft lawsuit, neutralized the massive spamming network last week.

By March 17, 2011


Report: U.S. leads world in spam output

The United States accounts for almost 19 percent of all spam sent worldwide, close to three times the amount generated by second-place India, Sophos says.

By January 11, 2011


Report: Spam down, but malware continues hold

Spam levels worldwide dropped 12 percent last month following the takedown of a large spam network, but the threat of malware is as strong as ever, according to a report from Fortinet.

By December 2, 2010


Fake Facebook e-mail contains Trojan

A new e-mail claiming to come from "The Facebook Team" is circulating. According to security firm MX Labs, that e-mail contains a Trojan horse called Bredolab.

By October 27, 2009