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Microsoft helps defeat Rustock botnet

Microsoft helps defeat Rustock botnet

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Microsoft, in cooperation with industry and academic partners, has taken down the Rustock botnet, a notorious source of spam, fraud, and cybercrime.

The Rustock botnet is a network of infected computers controlled by cybercriminals and used for a variety of illegal activities. The owners of the infected computers probably had no idea that their computer was being used to send spam. To learn how you can avoid being a victim of a botnet, see How to better protect your PC with botnet protection and avoid malware.

What did the Rustock botnet do?

Most of the spam messages generated by the Rustock botnet promoted counterfeit or unapproved generic pharmaceuticals from unlicensed and unregulated online drug sellers.  Rustock spam also used Microsoft's trademark to promote these drugs. In another scheme, Rustock-generated email lured people into lottery scams in which spammers attempted to convince people that they had won a lottery. The victims were told that they needed to send the spammers money to collect the larger lottery winnings.  To help protect yourself against these kinds of scams, see Email and web scams: How to help protect yourself.

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  • thank-you very much for your information

  • Microsoft has been arround for a long time. They always take of you 24/7

  • We are getting Avast warnings about this,, et al, all of a sudden. Blocked by Avast but causing a problem with the continous warning messages from Avast. Got it AFTER the supposed "take down". Now what? Tired of getting 100's of warnings on my screen every hour

  • can you help me fix all my problems in my laptop?

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