Microsoft and U.S. Marshals Raid Nine Data Centers

(Ping! Zine Web Hsotign Magazine) – Last Wednesday, U.S. Marshals raided nine web hosting facilities that were said to be part of a vast network of computers used to command close to a million personal computers infected with malicious software.

The raids came after a federal judge revealed the names of the hosting companies where botnet control computers were being hosted. The list of names were provided by Microsoft as part of a lawsuit filed earlier.

A team of U.S. Marshals and Microsoft’s Digital-Crimes Unit raided facilites in Kansas City, Scranton, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Columbus, and Seattle, seizing hard drives and computers from each data center.

The confiscated equipment were thought to be controlling close to a million infected computers used to send out spam mail, most of which for companies such as Viagra and Cialis.

According to Symantec, the botnet was the largets in the world, accounting for nearly half of all spam.

As of now, the raid appears to have been effective as the botnet stopped sending out spam before noon on Wednesday.