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British ISP Helps Customers Keeping Their PC Clean

British ISP British Telecom implemented a new system where they will actively search and clean PCs from customers who have been found sending spam, with extra care to those who are believed to be a part of zombie networks which are also used in DDoS attacks.

Once such a system have been found the ISP either helps the customer to clean their system, or terminates the account, depending on whether the customer knowingly sent spam, or has been infected by malicious software.

UK: DDoS Will Jail You for 10 Years

A new law has been introduced in the UK which will put you in jail for a maximum of 10 years if you launch a DDoS attack. UK’s Britain’s Computer Misuse Act which was written well before the days of the WWW contained flaws that could possibly let DDoS attackers fall through holes in the law.

The new law includes these specific rules against DDoS:

* to impair the operation of any computer,

* to prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer, or

* to impair the operation of any program or data held in any computer.

The new law, called Police And Justice Act 2006, also includes heavier sentences against accessing unauthorized computer access, from 6 months to a maximum of 2 years.

Spying on bot nets becoming harder

More of a blog type post then something you normally find here, but this article is more then worth your attention.

SecurityFocus has a very interesting article that explains how dronerunners are turning their backs on using IRC servers to control their drone-networks. Not really a bad thing, they are supposed to deliver a platform for people to have fun and chat on! But a downside is that people hunting the botnets down have increased difficulty in finding them.

The dronerunners are more and more relying on HTTP botnets.

Thanks to Stefano who passed the URL to me.

Zotob-coders Locked Behind Bars

The coders of the Zotob worm have heard their sentence in a Moroccan court. Farid Essebar, a 19-year-old programmer got 2 years of prison, and his accomplish Achraf Bahloul 1 year. A third individual is awaiting sentence in Turkey.

The two got arrested just 2 weeks after the worm started to spread. The worm infected systems from companies like CNN, The Financial Times, ABC and The New York Times. Systems infected were used to collect credit card data and perform DDoS attacks. The systems were being controlled from IRC channels.

Three Years Jail for DDoSer

Christopher Maxwell, 21, of Vacaville, California, has been sentenced to jail for three years. IRC-Junkie reported about him being charged in february of this year.

Aside of the hospital other networks that were affected included the department of defense and a California school district.

He would rent out his network to perform DDoS attacks, and the infected machines earned him money with showing advertisements.

The judge showed little sympathy for Maxwell, calling him “incredible self-centered” with little regard for the impact of his actions on others. She also wanted Maxwell to be set as “deterrence for all those youth out there who are squirreled away in their basements hacking”.

Defense attorney Steve Bauer hoped for probation and community service. In his defense he argued that Maxwell had no prior criminal record and that he never had thought his bot would spread so far.