Published by LawTechie - March 26, 2012 - LawTechie

MicrosoftWell they didn’t exactly don badges, but they did raid some office buildings in Scranton, PA (Dunder Mifflin?) and seized a bunch of servers running botnets used for identity theft according to The Verge.

…brought before the US District court for the Eastern District of New York, Microsoft (along with co-plaintiffs from the financial world) claim that the Zeus software is available for purchase as a “builder kit” for between $700 and $15,000, depending on the degree of tailoring required by the customer/criminal. For that fee, you get software to generate executable botnet code, configuration files, and web server files that you can deploy on your own command and control server.

Evidently, Microsoft used a clever trademark infringement lawsuit to get a court order authorizing the shutdown of the hacker headquarters. Then it was a matter of taking the order to local police and raiding the place. Good stuff.

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