Featured Articles

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

Intel's 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming…

More...
Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Google's Chromebook OS should be updating automatically every six weeks, but Intel doesn't come close with its hardware refresh schedule.

More...
New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

Rumours involving upcoming Nexus devices are nothing uncommon, but this year there is a fair bit of confusion, especially on the…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:15

Botnet 'suspect' is not ex-Microsoft guy

Written by Nick Farrell



Update: Redmond says he never worked for them


Microsoft thinks that one of its former virus experts is the brains behind the Kelihos botnet.

The botnet controlled about 41,000 machines at its peak, and Microsoft thinks it was developed by russian citizen Andrey Sabelnikov. Kelihos was used for sending out spam and spreading malware until it was "neutralised" in September 2011.

Microsoft told a US court that Sabelnikov wrote the code for and either created, or participated in creating, the Kelihos malware.  He  used the malware to control, operate, maintain and grow the Kelihos botnet. Sabelnikov is currently working on a freelance basis with a software development and consulting firm.

Before that he worked as a software engineer and project manager at "a company that provided firewall, antivirus and security software" which is believed to be Agnitum.

Update:

We were contacted by Microsoft and it seems Sabelnikov was never actually employed by Redmond. He worked for an insecurity outfit and was in no way affiliated with Microsoft. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Last modified on Thursday, 26 January 2012 09:21

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments