Last Updated: 2007-11-29 18:37:05 UTC
by Marcus Sachs (Version: 1)
The FBI announced today that since Operation "Bot Roast" was made public last June, eight individuals have been indicted, pled guilty, or been sentenced for crimes related to botnet activity. Additionally, 13 search warrants were served in the U.S. and by overseas law enforcement partners in connection with this operation. This ongoing investigative effort has thus far uncovered more than $20 million in economic loss and more than one million victim computers. Round two of this effort, called "Bot Roast II" has resulted in:
- Three new indictments, including two this past month. In one case, the FBI uncovered a denial of service attack on a major university in the Philadelphia area and then knocked out much of the botnet by disrupting its ability to talk to other computers.
- Two previously charged criminals who pled guilty, including a California man who is a well known member of the botnet underground.
- The sentencing of three others, including a pair of men who launched a major phishing scheme targeting a Midwest bank that led to millions of dollars in losses.
Well done, FBI, and keep at it!
Marcus H. Sachs
Director, SANS Internet Storm Center