Botmasters herded up by the FBI

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Last week the newspapers were full of stories about the teenager arrested in New Zealand, accused of heading up an international hacking ring that broke into millions of computers around the world.  The arrest came about following the successful co-operation between the FBI and the crime-fighting authorities in New Zealand and The Netherlands. 

What some commentators may have missed, however, is that this arrest is just part of an ongoing battle against the bot herders – those hackers who can control hundreds of thousands of PCs around the world, like master-puppeteers, for the purposes of spamming, identity theft, installing adware, and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

At the same time as news broke of the Kiwi arrest, the FBI announced the results of the latest…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.