Microsoft Behind Rustock Shutdown

Kara Reeder

Following the mysterious disappearance of the spam-spewing botnet Rustock, questions swirled about who, if any, was behind the shutdown. The Register reports that it has now been revealed that Microsoft and law enforcement agencies were behind the takedown.


The shutdown was the result of a lawsuit filed by Microsoft that resulted in a federal court order allowing the seizure of computers at several Web hosting firms on the grounds that they were alleged command and control machines for the infamous botnet, according to The Inquirer.


The operation was similar to the organized takedown of the Waledac botnet last year.

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