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Windows 7: Microsoft, Symantec shutter another botnet


06 Feb 2013   #1
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Microsoft, Symantec shutter another botnet

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Microsoft and security software maker Symantec have revealed that they collaborated on the take-down of a botnet that had infected hundreds of thousands of computers.

By stopping the botnet, infected computers were reportedly unable to search the Internet. According to the story as first reported by Reuters, this is the first time that the companies which stopped the botnet directly warned people who had infected computers and offered them clean-up tools.

The botnet, called Bamital, is the sixth one that that Microsoft has received a court order to stop since 2010 and the second that it has worked with Symantec to halt. Last week, the companies asked for a court approval to shut it down, reported Reuters.

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Microsoft, Symantec shutter another botnet | Security & Privacy - CNET News

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09 Feb 2013   #2

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Only a medium-size one, with 300,000 to 600,000 infected computers, it was not easy to stop.
I wonder how big a large-sized one is?
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09 Feb 2013   #3

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McAfee

No mention. Didn't MS buy McAfee?
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10 Feb 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
No mention. Didn't MS buy McAfee?
Why would they do that?
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10 Feb 2013   #5

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Wrong

It was Intel not MS. My goof.

Intel finalizes McAfee buyout | Ubergizmo
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10 Feb 2013   #6

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I knew Intel owned McAfee, at college everytime McAfee is booted (I'm stuck with it), it says "McAfee (A Intel Company)" or something along those lines.

I wonder if McAfee actually will become a respected AV vendor?
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