With the arrest of three suspect botherders the FBI discovered botnets that consist of about a million infected machines worldwide. Amongst the charges for the three are spamming and infecting IT systems at hospitals.
The operation took place under the name “Operation Bot Roast”, which is an on-going operation to hunt down botnets and their owners.
Among the three men arrested is Robert Soloway from Seattle, a long time spam king. Another man, Downey, controlled his botnet consisting of Agobot infected machines from an IRC server and performed DDoS attacks.
The FBI will try and warn the 1 million owners of infected machines and point them to safe computing practices.