On November 29 the FBI announced the results of its second Bot Roast (see the FBI release).This is the FBI operation responsible for hunting out and attempting tobring to justice cyber criminals involved in cultivating botnets. Thesebotnets, which can call home to millions of computers, are responsiblefor millions of dollars in financial losses at both a corporate andconsumer level. The FBI operation has resulted in the successfulcapture, indictment, and/or sentencing of multiple criminals. In thelong run it may be only a small slice of the world of botnets, but makeno mistake, any gains in fighting this epidemic are well received. TheFBI and those involved should be commended.
Of course, what's a blog entry without the standard "practice safecomputing" comment: Insure your system is patched and protected as bestas possible through the use of a security package. Anything we ascomputer users can do to prevent losses, both in terms of data andeconomically, will help keep cyber criminals like these at bay.