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FBI, US announces botnet milestone

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The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have identified more than million compromised IP addresses which are being used for cybercrime.

Carnegie Mellon University and the International Botnet Task Force has initiated the programme, named Operation Bot Roast in cooperation with Microsoft, which is aimed to reveal the scale of the 'botnet' problem and prosecuting those held responsible. Botnets are collections of computers, known as bots or zombies, whose respective owners have no idea of their PCs been hijacked and are being used for identity theft, denial-of-service attacks and the transmission of malware and spam. The FBI claims that botnets are effecting national security, the national information infrastructure and economy of US.

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