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The software giant and Andrey N. Sabelnikov, who admits he wrote the code used in malware that infected thousands of computers, reach a settlement in related lawsuit.
St. Petersburg, Russia-based Andrey N. Sabelnikov says he is "absolutely not guilty" of participating in the creation of the huge spam network that Microsoft shut down last September.
Software giant accuses a St. Petersburg, Russia, resident of writing malware to control and nurture the botnet, which infected 41,000 computers worldwide.
Provider of free domains has agreed to delete or to transfer to Microsoft all subdomains the software giant had said were tied to the Kelihos botnet.
A Czech resident is accused of operating a botnet that infected tens of thousands of computers, serving spam and harvesting data. This is the third botnet Microsoft has taken down using the same legal and technical measures.