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Build it and they will come—to steal.

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And certainly it’s true of the referenced game. But check out this fascinating article in Motherboard by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:

Before its spectacular bust, GameOver Zeus, perhaps the most successful online criminal operation ever, infected hundreds of thousands of people around the world, creating a collection of zombie computers that at one point stretched to more than one million bots.

The operators used the botnet to steal millions of dollars from banks all over the globe. For more than two years, thanks to its innovative, peer-to-peer infrastructure, the FBI and others watched as GameOver Zeus grew, seemingly unstoppable.

GameOver Zeus was designed to be “impossible” to be taken down, as the main FBI agent assigned to the case put it last week during a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The botnet was built to be “indestructible,” said a researcher who helped with the investigation.

So how did it end up being taken down? Elliot Peterson, the agent that led the FBI’s investigation, talked to Motherboard ahead of his presentation in Las Vegas, and shared some of the details that allowed the bureau, along with its private partners, to do what seemed impossible.

Everything started on June 2012, when the FBI’s branch in Pittsburgh stumbled upon a case of . . .

Continue reading.

Of course, think of all the criminal activity we’ll see if the FBI succeeds in legally requiring that any encryption must be insecure. They are certainly trying for that.

Written by Leisureguy

12 August 2015 at 3:25 pm

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