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Researchers Hijack a Botnet
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PostPosted: Sat 23 May 2009, 14:28    Post subject:  Researchers Hijack a Botnet  

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/05/researchers_hij.html
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... we report on our efforts to take control of the Torpig botnet for ten days. Over this period, we observed more than 180 thousand infections and recorded more than 70 GB of data that the bots collected. ...

... UCSB's researchers were able to gather massive amounts of information on how the botnet functions as well as what kind of information it's gathering. Almost 300,000 unique login credentials were gathered over the time the researchers controlled the botnet, including 56,000 passwords gathered in a single hour using "simple replacement rules" and a password cracker. ...
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