Botnet-Fighting Group An Industry Model

The Conficker botnet, considered the biggest on the Internet, began wreaking havoc to computer networks in 2008. It was briefly put to use in April 2009, and now, a year later, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is preparing a report on how well security measures have kept the botnet in check.

In an article on the Computerworld website, Robert McMillan says a working group comprised of security researchers and Internet infrastructure providers has found ways to block domains in advance, preventing Conficker’s creators from connecting to the hacked computers, but that creators of the botnet made it harder with each new iteration of Conficker.

The working group has yet to stop the botnet, but meanwhile has served as a model for other groups combating cybercrime. Douglas Maughan, a program manager with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate, told Computerworld the group prompted the report because, “We said, ‘This was a very good example of the private sector, globally, working together to try to solve a cybersecurity attack, so let’s fund the creation of a lessons-learned report to just document what worked, what didn’t work.’”

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