FBI Sting - Arrests made on Botnet activity affecting 1 million victims
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FBI - Operation Bot Roast
QUOTE: As a result of Operation Bot Roast, an ongoing and coordinated initiative to disrupt and dismantle these bot-herders, we’ve identified about 1 million computers across the country that have been compromised.
F-Secure: Operation Bot Roast
QUOTE: US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had launched an operation called Bot Roast that aims to disrupt botnet activities. This is a result of the growing botnet threat that results to more security issues such as information theft, fraud, and email scams. This ongoing operation had already charged several individuals with cyber crimes and had identified about a million compromised machines in the US alone.
FBI Takes Down Cyber Hijackers
ABC News has learned the FBI is targeting a small number of suspected hackers who allegedly took over thousands of personal computers secretly and used them to steal identities and send out massive amounts of spy and spam ware.
The FBI says they have identified 1 million computer addresses that have been affected. It's called "botnetting" -- where criminals turn other people's computers into servers and then use them for illicit activity.
The FBI plans to use its victim assistance program to contact the many victims who have had their computers hijacked. "The majority of victims are not even aware that their computer has been compromised or their personal information exploited," said FBI Assistant Director James Finch of the Cyber Division.