Last week, the FBI announced the end of the second phase of Operation Bot Roast, an ongoing investigation into botnets, and the criminal activity associated with them. I recently asked Dr. Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks where in the world the bot herders, the people who control the botnets, might be. Here are some excerpts:
We see a few major groups. We see Americans and Western Europeans often interested in using the botnet to make money either directly or indirectly by selling services, or stealing information from those botnets to sell and use credit card information bank information, etc.
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