The Botnet-Spyware Love Affair

Wired and other news outlets are reporting that the FBI has arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man on charges that he used viruses to take control over 400,000 computers and use them as a giant install base for spyware. The scheme, authorities allege, netted the defendant $60,000, a BMW and computer equipment.

Wired's Kevin Poulson reports: "According to prosecutors, in 2004 and early 2005 Ancheta used a customized form of the 'rxbot' Trojan horse program to find and take control of large collections of vulnerable PCs, spinning them into 'botnets' capable of being directed as one. He then installed ad-delivery programs from two adware firms: Quebec-based Gammacash and LOUDcash, which was purchased by adware giant 180solutions and renamed ZangoCash earlier this year." Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 4th November 2005 1:37PM