Zeus Botnet Dealt a Blow as ISP Troyak Knocked Out

Thursday Mar 11th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Upstream servers providers apparently took the ISP offline, eliminating about a third of the servers used to control the Zeus botnet.

PCWorld: The notorious Zeus botnet has been associated with a wave of financial scams and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to cybercriminals, but the criminal network has been crippled. Upstream service providers effectively disconnected from the Internet two ISPs, named Troyak and Group 3, that hosted 90 of the 249 known Zeus command-and-control servers.

According to Kevin Stevens, a researcher with SecureWorks, the companies behind the takedown "just decided to knock out a large area of cybercrime, and this was probably one of the easiest ways to do it."

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