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Microsoft Pursues Botnet Herders Via Newspaper Ads

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the trouble-makers-wanted dept.

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itwbennett writes "Although it is extremely unlikely that anyone associated with Rustock will step forward, Microsoft has taken out ads in two Russian newspapers to notify unnamed defendants in the legal suit. The move is a legal formality required as part of Microsoft's ongoing lawsuit in the U.S. against operators of Rustock. The advertisements will run for 30 days in the Delovoy Petersburg newspaper, located in St. Petersburg, and in The Moscow News, a daily newspaper, wrote Richard Boscovich, a senior attorney with Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit."

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28 comments

Goat see (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380158)

To be taken orally [goo.gl] , at least once per day

Russia is really corrupt (1)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380174)

So it's hard for me to take seriously the MS threat that it "may go through the Russian judiciary system (from TFA)".

Re:Russia is really corrupt (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380202)

Well at least people already know the suspect [krebsonsecurity.com] .

Re:Russia is really corrupt (2)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380706)

"Suspect sought job at Google"

I can guess which of the two crimes pisses MS off more. :P

Legally Required (1)

mistiry (1845474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380194)

This was done because of the legal formalities required in this type of situation. It says it in TFS.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Re:Legally Required (1)

foma84 (2079302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380260)

Agreed.
I fail to see what is interesting in this story.

Re:Legally Required (1)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 3 years ago | (#36382794)

Well is M$ doing this for publicity or are they serious. The reality is if they were really serious they would simply pay the bribes required to get things done. So the interesting part is how much effort is required to pursue criminals within Russia when they are committing crimes across international boundaries.

Is it really acceptable that companies need to pursue these matters in such a circuitous manner or should more pressure be placed upon the country hosting the criminal enterprise to pursue a just resolution.

Re:Legally Required (2)

SockPuppetOfTheWeek (1910282) | more than 3 years ago | (#36392854)

Neither. They are doing it only because they are legally obligated to at least make an attempt to notify the defendants that they're being sued.

They need to attempt to notify the defendants because then the defendants are legally obligated to show up on the court date. If they don't show, they'll automatically lose the lawsuit.

As malware makers do HELP WANTED job ads (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380214)

Not a joke, I was actually astounded (mainly, @ their nerve):

Criminal Classifieds - Malware Writers Wanted:

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/06/criminal-classifieds-malware-writers-wanted/ [krebsonsecurity.com]

APK

P.S.=> Will wonders NEVER cease?

... apk

Re:As malware makers do HELP WANTED job ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380312)

Hackers that use hosts files to secure their computers need not apply

Trolls need not apply: Especially ones that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380344)

Screw up on computer Operating System fundamentals, like diskcaches caching HOSTS files (as you did here today):

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2220314&cid=36379004 [slashdot.org]

LMAO!

APK

P.S.=> Still "smarting" from that mistake of yours I see... too bad, you only brought it on yourself, as per your usual, troll!

... apk

Re:As malware makers do HELP WANTED job ads (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380638)

They have bankers shot daily at Moscow. Mafia has ties to law enforcement, politicians and even el presidento (proof: Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist engaged in criticism of the government got shot by some gang in her apartment.... on Putin's birthday!)

Do you think anyone will move a finger to go after sissy malware writers? Exception: if those crack-programmers hack many western bank accounts and get lots of ca$h, they will be nabbed either by either police or mafia, and forced to share the spoils, although I am sure all the right people get paid already.

On your question: I have NO idea... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36420082)

You do have a possible point though, here:

"Do you think anyone will move a finger to go after sissy malware writers?" - by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 08, @05:50PM (#36380638)

I have no idea, I don't live there... I did visit there last summer, as well as Poland & the Czech Republic though.

I didn't say they would or wouldn't though - I only noted they have pretty big "balls" (nerve) for placing ads the way they did (albeit on KNOWN malware maker/hacker-cracker forums online though).

---

Here? You make a POSSIBLE point:

"Exception: if those crack-programmers hack many western bank accounts and get lots of ca$h, they will be nabbed either by either police or mafia, and forced to share the spoils, although I am sure all the right people get paid already." - by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 08, @05:50PM (#36380638)

Now, THAT? That I can see happening... but, then again, I have no idea, as again - I don't live there myself!

(However, one of my best friends & colleagues as well as classmate over time is from the USSR, & from what he told me? THAT which you just stated does make sense, per his perspective as a former USSR citizen).

APK

P.S.=> Sorry for the late reply, & lol, I just noticed that my initial post was "modded down" for NO reason... figures! Damn trolls, they make me laugh, everytime! apk

I Am Spartacus! (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380236)

I am Spartacus!

No, I am Spartacus!

No, he's not -- I am Spartacus!

I am Spartacus!

No, I am Spartacus!

Re:I Am Spartacus! (2)

Z_A_Commando (991404) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380310)

Because that turned out so well for all of them in the end [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I Am Spartacus! (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#36388388)

No, I am Spartacus!

Sounds like a good way (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380292)

To go on trip to the forest and get shot in the head.

In equally interesting news... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380358)

...I stopped at a red traffic light on my way to work today.

Re:In equally interesting news... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380424)

I was sitting there, minding my own business, when suddenly a woman ran up to my car from across the opposite car lane, opened the passenger door and got in. She then...

Re:In equally interesting news... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380530)

got scared and said you're moving in with your auntie and uncle in a town called bel air.

Botnet herders?! (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380362)

Botnet herder? Bah! Here is a pike herder [youtube.com] .

Fix Technet First!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36380564)

Microsofts online licensing tool has been offline for about 3 days now. It means that technet subsribers cannot download isos's or get the registration codes they need (and are paying for). Not a problem if you're only using open source, but sadly some programs and hardware still require Microsoft products to work properly.

Go Microsoft! (1)

lopaka1998 (1352441) | more than 3 years ago | (#36380726)

GO Microsoft!

I think this is the first time I can truly raise my head up high when I say I use Microsoft products.

Re:Go Microsoft! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36381406)

GO Microsoft!

I think this is the first time I can truly raise my head up high when I say I use Microsoft products.

You may have to pull it out of your ass first!

Re:Go Microsoft! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36385282)

WTF? Why???

I suspected it all along ... (2)

Anomalyst (742352) | more than 3 years ago | (#36381038)

Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit

Ballmer has assigned an entire task force to commit crimes, why does that not come as a surprise?

Re:I suspected it all along ... (2)

Skapare (16644) | more than 3 years ago | (#36387230)

Why do I envision an army of soldiers, all tightly aligned in square formation, wielding chairs?

What's a Newspaper? (1)

mr_bubb (1171001) | more than 3 years ago | (#36382242)

Sure those guys will know you're on to them?
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