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Kelihos (botnet behind pharma spam, Bitcoin wallet theft & credential harvesting) shut down live at #RSAC @threatpost

Kelihos (botnet behind pharma spam, Bitcoin wallet theft & credential harvesting) shut down live at #RSAC @threatpost

SAN FRANCISCO – Down goes Kelihos—again. The third version of the prolific peer-to-peer botnet responsible for volumes of pharmaceutical spam, Bitcoin wallet theft and credential harvesting was shut down before a live audience today at RSA Conference 2013. With the execution of a few commands that culminated weeks of intelligence gathering and coding, a CrowdStrike researcher was able to sinkhole thousands of bots before a packed session hall. A heat map of the world lit up like a stoplight with red dots representing bots connecting to the sinkhole rather than to their P2P proxies—a real-time illustration of a successful takedown. “Every peer that checks into the sinkhole should never talk to the botnet again,” said Tillmann Werner, senior security researcher with CrowdStrike, who had done extensive work with the previous two versions of the botnet. The cybercrime gang beh...

Full article: http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/latest-kelihos-botnet-s...

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