Featured Articles

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

We wanted to learn a bit more about Qualcomm's plans for wearables and it turns out that the company believes its…

More...
Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

We had a chance to talk to Michelle Leyden-Li, Senior Director of Marketing, QCT at Qualcomm and get an update on…

More...
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

Today we will take a look at the PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 285. The card is based on AMD’s new…

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