Thursday, February 03, 2011
Former botnet operator still controls a half million email "credentials"
Although a ménage of domains operated by botnet Waledac was taken down after legal action by Microsoft some time back, its operators still control about 500000 email credentials, according to a story by Angela Mascaritito in SC Magazine, link here.
The credentials are important because they would enable a spammer to bypass normal email verification protocols, which are supposed to stop simple sender spoofing. Then it could appear to recipients that the supposed sender really did send the spam email, which might have legal consequences.
The story link was tweeted by Webroot early today.