What is the Rustock Botnet? A "botnet" is a system made up of computers that are used for malicious purposes, such as hacking, spreading SPAM, and so on. The Russian-based Rustock Botnet is responsible for a lot of those messages you get trying to sell you Viagra or suspicious-sounding drugs, pirated copies of software, fake designer goods and other SPAM. According to ZDNet, it can send out 30 billion SPAM emails every day.
Last month, Microsoft posted notices in two Russian newspapers to let Rustock know they were out to get them by starting a civil lawsuit. Now, they've stepped things up by offering the $250,000 reward to anyone who can give information leading to the identification and arrest of the operators behind the Rustock Botnet.
Microsoft has already helped cut the Rostock operation by over half. The company deserves praise for taking this stand and targeting this evil company on behalf of computer users worldwide.
At its Official Blog, Microsoft gives a lot of technical information about the Rustock Botnet and their efforts to take it down. Users can help, too, by making sure their computers are not vulnerable. Keep your software up to date, install anti-virus software, and use firewalls, even though they are annoying. They will help protect you and stop these ruthless botnets like Rustock.
And, hey, if you happen to have some information about who's behind Rustock, maybe you can grab $250,000.
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