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(The Wire)   You have to feel bad for the Feds, back in the day when they made a major bust they got to announce they captured dangerous guys with names like Scarface. Now they have to say things like "we shut down the Gameover Zeus Botnet"   ( divider line
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2014-06-04 06:19:03 PM  
While I'm glad that they've disrupted the botnet, it's really just a temporary setback for the ringleaders since we can't actually take any additional actions against them since they're in Russia.
2014-06-04 08:02:51 PM  
What? Getting the goods to prosecute a known US turf criminal in US court is the same as getting a Russian criminal/government worker who's bringing down the global banking system at a time when Russia is becoming more and more belligerent?
2014-06-04 08:18:11 PM  
fark you, subby.  I realize the criminal enterprise wasn't headed by some guy named Scarface or Knuckles, but these "hackers" are capable of doing more real damage to more people than a gang of twenty Scarfaces or Knuckles.  So, now we've been put on alert and we have a chance to prevent the shiat to hit the fan.
2014-06-04 08:35:32 PM  
The feds have nothing to be ashamed about.

Zeus/Zbot is (was) a major pain in the rear for thousands of companies and untold numbers of computer users.

Shutting down the botnet, even if it comes back after a few weeks, is a huge win. Seizing the servers and redirecting the IP addresses being used for command-and-control will let them send kill commands to the botnet and/or alert ISPs to inform the customers with infected PCs that they have an infection.

That said, it's all well and good that they're going after the big operators, but the guys actually running the botnet are physically located in the Russian Federation, and I'm not expecting a whole lot of cooperation from the FSB on an extradition given the current political situation. Best we can hope for is that malware skinhead's fancy yacht springs a leak on the Black Sea.
d23 [BareFark]
2014-06-04 08:45:36 PM  
It can always be worse!
2014-06-04 09:18:23 PM  
Hmm, the gameover zeus botnet stole a hell of a lot more money than Scarface and about every other famous gangster of his time - combined. Guess we should be glad it wasn't the fluffy bunny gang...
2014-06-04 09:34:01 PM  
Evgeniy Bogachev and the members of his criminal network devised and implemented the kind of cyber-crimes that you might not believe if you saw them in a science fiction movie

I've had my brain attached to a computer for so long I don't even know. Is this really unbelievable to the layman? Is it unbelievable that someone could spend months at a keyboard and thereby get into hundreds of thousands of boxes around the world, without even so much as a cool flythrough graphic? Flashy bright colors in a midnight Matrix landscape?

Most of the time there's absolutely nothing to look at in the hacking business. This is what I was promised:
And this is what I got:
2014-06-04 11:05:21 PM  
But who is Bot?
2014-06-05 01:11:56 AM  
Of course there were also the feds who had to track down people like "Pretty Boy" Floyd, "Baby Face" Nelson, and the Purple Gang.

Andyes, the botnet has stolen WAY more money than any bank robber could have dreamed of, but then again most bank robbers shot people as well.
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