Botnet operation ruled 1.5 million zombie PCs

A recently foiled botnet operation has turned out to be fifteen times larger that police initially thought.

Upon further investigation, authorities found that the operation had illegally put about 1.5 million computers and servers under their control. The crime ring was initially thought to have created a 100,000 system strong botnet, which they claimed was the largest botnet ever detected.

A botnet is a collection of computers that have been infected with a computer worm which puts the system under the worm creator's control without the owner's knowledge. Botnets are commonly used to host illegal web content such as child pornography, to send out spam emails or to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks or to send spam. Botnet operation ruled 1.5 million zombie PCs -

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 20th October 2005 9:48PM