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Bot herder websites attacked

by Nikola Strahija on September 13th, 2005 Bot herder websites, which specialise in speeding up the process of managing zombie networks of compromised Windows PCs, are under attack.

High profile bot sites such as and have disappeared, reports anti-virus firm F-Secure. Another such site,, which was hosted in Argentina, went offline on Friday 9. September.

Although authorities are trying their best against such sites, the fight is far from over. Mikko Hypponen, director of anti-virus research at Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure, explained that so-called bot herder websites come and go all the time. -These websites specialise in distributing source code and tools for malicious bots and botnets. They provide a web interface with point and click controls that allows even clueless people to manage zombie networks.’

-Some bot distribution sites have started to charge money for downloading source code of bots, he added. Hypponen said bot herder sites are normally short-lived, tending to disappear as soon as authorities get wind of them. Delivering botnet management as a hosted application is relatively new, but the use of sites such as to download components for recent MyTob worm increased their profile.

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