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Dutch police have arrested two Dutch brothers suspected of running a botnet controlling 40,000 to 100,000 computers, with only a small portion (1,100 computers) based in the Netherlands. The FBI has been investigating this case for a while before contacting the Dutch authorities. The arrests were made shortly after the two …

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  1. Marcelo Rodrigues
    IT Angle

    Just being pedant:

    Taubaté is a city locate at the São Paulo state. Its distance from Rio de Janeiro (the city, not the state) is about 300 km - if Google Earth is to be trusted.

    Is 300 km "near"?

    Yes, Google Earth IS IT. So, I'm of the hook. :)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    *cough*

    "Pedantic"

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All legality aside

    But wouldn't it be cool to control a bot net with just a custom arduino board in your hand, perhaps where you click in the IP number to DDoS using morse code binary, to some Navajo tribal beat.

    It is getting to the point where I am beginning to think it should be allowed to inform the users via the botnet system they are infected.

    Just a simple message,

    'Pack up your machine and return to vendor, please. You don't seem to care about the rest of us.'

    DDoS is a real pain to stop, and can be used against nearly anyone, still the more botnet traffic the more infrastructure that has to be laid, so they better keep fibring.

  4. AC
    Pirate

    Just shoot them

    They are the internet version of chavs and, as we all know, there is no better place for a chav than 6 feet under pushing up daises.

  5. Marcelo Rodrigues
    Black Helicopters

    AC: TX! :)

    I stand corrected.

    But... is really necessary to post anonymous just for this?

    Black helicopters, because looks like You are afraid of them.

  6. Gordon Pryra
    Happy

    @AC

    Those two kids jsut really pissed of some dangerous people in Brazil

    20 quid says they WANT hard jail time (somewhere safe and secure)

  7. call me scruffy
    Thumb Up

    @Just shoot them,

    I used to think like that,

    Looking at a worm that wastes thousands of man years globally. (I was once at a site that lost 20 man years to sassa.) It's tempting to say that these fuckers need to be culled before they waste anything else.

    But where would it end?

    Consider how many taxpayer-years are wasted on a million pound search and rescue operation because some dumbass surfer doesn't check the flags before they jump in the water... should we slaughter them too?

    Hang on, if we got rid of all of the dumber surfers, it'd be much easier to buy a pint in Newquay... hmmm ... BRING IT ON!

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    @Marcelo Rodrigues

    I went Anon. because I was afraid you'd hate me!

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