Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hitting Botnets Where It Hurts at RSA Conference

Brian Prince writes on eWeek:

Joe Stewart, director of malware research at SecureWorks, is pushing for security researchers to adopt a concerted, three-pronged effort to take down the Web’s most troublesome botnets.

Call it offense in-depth.

“If you look at how the criminal considers whether to continue their enterprise or not, they are probably affected by three things: risk, effort, reward,” he said in an interview with eWEEK at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. “We should be fighting these guys on all three of these fronts.”

Targeting any one of those elements isn’t going to significantly change the threat landscape, but a coordinated, focused attack on all three fronts could make a difference, he said. Doing that, however, requires a stealthy approach by focus groups dedicated to targeting specific botnets or cyber-criminals on a continuous basis.

More here.


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