Friday, August 08, 2008

Dutch Police Notify Botnet Victims

A Webwereld Netherlands article by Tom Sanders, via Computerworld UK, reports that:

Police in the Netherlands have claimed a world first after warning victims whose computers were infected by a botnet that was shut down last week. The victims will be forwarded to a special web page offering instructions on cleaning up their systems.

The high-tech crime unit of the police started issuing the warnings on Wednesday. Users with infected systems are automatically sent a special page when they log onto the internet. The page offers instructions on disabling the botnet, as well as a link to Kaspersky's online virus scanner and a request to file charges against the botnet herder, a 19- year-old man from the Dutch city of Sneek who was arrested last week.

The page, which was created in cooperation with Kaspersky Labs, marks the first time that botnet victims have been proactively warned by authorities, said Eddy Willems, a virus evangelist with Kaspersky Labs in the Netherlands.

More here.


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