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Facebook Helps Cripple Greek Botnet
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Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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7/9/2014 | 10:00:50 AM
Good job
It seems like the only way to really take down these distributed networks is to cut off the head. Of course individual security like being careful what you click on is the best bet, but once it's set up and running, taking down the control servers seems to be the only real way to close them down and prevent zombie machines from being affected any longer. 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/9/2014 | 10:08:30 AM
Re: Good job
We will see how long the takedown holds. If this was a small group led only by the two alleged suspects who were arrested, maybe this will kill it. But if there are others out there who can pick up the torch, the operation will get revived somehow, I'm sure. $ is $.
EffyE925
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7/9/2014 | 4:34:03 PM
:)
The authors are already out and free :)
securityaffairs
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securityaffairs,
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7/9/2014 | 6:14:29 PM
Re: Good job
I consider this operation another important success (a few weeks after Zeus Gameover botnet) that demonstrates the efficiency of a joint effort between private companies and law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime.

It is important to increase information sharing and synergy between the principal actors involved in the challenge to cyber criminal activities.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/10/2014 | 4:04:43 PM
Re: Good job
It always helps when law enforcement located in the nation that houses the criminals cooperates. There are still a few nations who just won't do this, which obviously is why cybercrime is so rampant in their countries.
securityaffairs
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securityaffairs,
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7/10/2014 | 4:21:25 PM
Re: Good job
As Kelly I agree, the fight against cybercrime need a joint international collaboration between governments, law enforcement agencies and private companies ... information sharing its another key element.

 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/10/2014 | 4:23:44 PM
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I suppose the good news here is that information- and intelligence-sharing is becoming all the rage today, at least in theory if not in practice. Lots of new ISACs showing up. 
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securityaffairs,
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7/10/2014 | 4:38:22 PM
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You are right ... Threat intelligence is becoming a crucial discipline to share data on incidents and cyber threats, allowing early detection and adoption of proper countermeasures.

Regards

PL
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/11/2014 | 12:05:05 PM
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@EffyE925 Are you saying the suspects were released? Are they still being charged? Can you please point me to information on this? Thanks!
EffyE925
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EffyE925,
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7/11/2014 | 12:20:00 PM
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Yep they were released and charges were dropped since they stole nothing, euros or bitcoins. All they did was BTC mining. Here's is a translated version of a Greek website 

http://translate.google.com/translate?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&rurl=translate.google.com&sandbox=0&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.secnews.gr/archives/80902
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