FBI unearths more than one million botnet victims

SecurityThe United States Department of Justice and FBI announced in a press release that ongoing investigations under a national initiative called Operation Bot Roast have identified more than 1 million potential botnet victims.

At the moment, the FBI is working with its industry partners, including the likes of CERT Coordination Center, to notify the victim owners of the computers.

For those new to bots, the following excerpt from the FBI press release sums it up:

A botnet is a collection of compromised computers under the remote command and control of a criminal “botherder.” Most owners of the compromised computers are unknowing and unwitting victims. They unintentionally allowed unauthorized access and use of their computers as a vehicle to facilitate other crimes.

Having read of botnets topping more than 10,000 machines in size, it does not surprise me that the FBI managed to identify and put together such a substantial list.

However, the golden question is, what strategy do you folks down in the trenches employ to identify and generally cope with bot infections?

Why not share your expertise with us?


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