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Microsoft finds 427K email addresses on knocked-out Rustock server

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | May 24, 2011
Microsoft investigators uncovered a cache of more than 400,000 email addresses on one hard drive it seized in March when it led an organized takedown of the Rustock botnet, according to court documents.

The Rustock takedown is not the only one Microsoft has recently led: Last month, the company headed the takedown of Coreflood. As part of that anti-botnet action, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were given permission to further disrupt the botnet by throwing a "kill switch" that disabled the Trojan on already-infected PCs.


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