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Novel Botnet Closure Attempt by Microsoft Applauded by Barracuda

Barracuda Networks : 02 March, 2010  (Technical Article)
Barracuda Networks believes that a combination of technology, education, legal action and the use of ingenuity and novel techniques as recently demonstrated by Microsoft, are key to eradicating such large scale botnets as Waledac
In response to Microsoft's efforts to shut down the Waledac Botnet of PCs Dr Paul Judge, chief research officer and VP, Barracuda Networks Inc said:

"Barracuda applauds Microsoft's efforts in being more proactive against Internet threats, in this case specifically Waledac. We believe strongly that solving the problems of Internet security requires a blend of technology solutions, the legal system, and user education. We have seen the effect of using the legal system to introduce a deterrent by suing and prosecuting spammers and other attackers. It is great to see this novel use of the legal system to help directly shut down an attack platform. While this effort alone will not totally eradicate botnets or even Waledac, it is a positive step for the good guys. The security community should continue to explore novel approaches to be more proactive against our increasingly motivated and skilled adversaries."

Waledac is capable of sending out 1.5 billion spam messages every day. These unwanted messages make up the majority of Internet email traffic and cause headaches for consumers who must delete them the unwanted (and often fraudulent offers). For businesses managing many users the problem is more intense - the spam issue is multiplied.
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