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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Russian drug scam didn't stay down for long

Looks like the Russian drug-scam botnet didn't stay down long. The subsequent disclosures that Microsoft and the U.S. Marshals hit the command-and-control system had me hoping that "the best and the brightest" had a little more firepower in their arsenal. Alas, I got an email today for "Online Pharmacy" that linked to (you probably shouldn't go to these links unless you have a bullet-proof/sandboxed browser or use a security product like that of safecentral.comhttp://box.net/shared/cx3beumpzr which (after asking me to "click here if I'm a human") passed me through to health-drug/ru. I naturally dropped a note to the box.net domain contact telling him his URL was being used by spammers. Sure, that was a waste of time. About as futile as reporting the spam to the FBI or, evidently, to the geniuses at Microsoft whose 815,000+ infected computers are once again cranking out spam.

Too bad some cyber privateering organization hasn't been given a get-out-of-jail-free card. I'll bet they could take these guys down for good. Come on, Microsoft; put a bounty on the bad guys!

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?