Bot net operator caught

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An operator of bot networks was arrested, in a case where the investigators got the upper hand. Many computers, mostly running the Windows operating system have countless hidden security holes which may be exploited by anyone from the North Korean government, to a small town bot army enthusiast. The key point in this case is that computer security is paramount, and the root cause is often not identified. Operating systems produced without transparency, that is the code is compiled so you cant actually read it, will always have a perpetual source of security vulnerabilities.

Only operating systems with source code released to the public have shown to be secure, a lesson well learned by most running servers.

A 20-year-old Australian man has been charged with infecting more than 3,000 computers around the world with a virus designed to capture banking and credit card data, police said Thursday.

The man, whose name will not be released until he appears in an Adelaide court on Sept. 4, has been charged with several computer offenses that carry prison terms of up to 10 years, South Australia state police Detective Supt. Jim Jeffery said in a statement.

Police also uncovered information that will identify other offenders, Jeffery said.

The man, who lives in the state capital, Adelaide, is also accused of illegally creating a capacity to disable computer systems by bombarding them with unwanted traffic from up to 74,000 computers he controlled around the world. This type of sabotage is known as a distributed denial of service attack.

Police have not said whether the man allegedly used stolen banking information to commit identity fraud.

The arrest followed a three-month investigation involving state and federal computer crime detectives.

With a network like that, one could cause quite a stir.

DateAugust 14, 2009