Latvian ISP Cut Off from Internet

Kara Reeder

Real Host, an ISP based in Latvia, has been taken offline after a researcher discovered that the ISP controlled command-and-control servers for infected botnet PCs, reports Computerworld. Real Host also was linked to phishing sites, Web sites that launched malicious code at visitors, and was home to "rogue" antivirus products.


Following the revelation, provider TelioSonera told its upstream provider, Junik, to stop servicing Real Host or face sanctions.


Paul Ferguson, a researcher with Trend Micro, calls the ISP "a cesspool of criminal activity," while the researcher who discovered the activity says Real Host was "one of the top European centers of crap."

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