Rustock botnet disabled more than a million computers
Working with federal authorities, Microsoft’s digital crimes unit was able to disrupt Rustock, a notoriously complex botnet that sent billions of spam e-mails daily, GeekWire reports.
The takedown of Rustock has global implications. At its height, analysts estimate the botnet infected more than a million computers and was responsible for nearly half of all spam e-mails at the end of last year. Spam messages said recipients were lottery winners and offered deals on potentially dangerous prescription drugs.More