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Credited with infecting 30 million computers around the world, Georgy Avanesov is sentenced to four years in prison in Armenia.
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.
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.
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.
The Council of Europe has approved rules which, if passed by the European Parliament, will make it a crime to create malware and botnets.
Lawsuit, seizures, and other court actions are part of the "most complete and comprehensive enforcement action ever" against a botnet in the U.S.
A raid, triggered by a Microsoft lawsuit, neutralized the massive spamming network last week.
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.
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.
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.