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The ZeuS-derived Citadel botnet, which rose to public prominence last year, is being progressively disabled by Microsoft and the FBI is on the hunt for its masters. Microsoft says Citadel was used to raid bank accounts around the world and netted more than $US500m. Redmond's Digital Crimes Unit says 1,000 of the estimated 1, …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    demonstrating another link between software piracy and global cybersecurity threats.

    So a fraudster not paying for his dev tools means that someone downloading a dodgy copy of something is supporting them?

    How to undermine your own arguments by making ridiculous links.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Didn't they make that song "Barbie Girl' in the 90's?!

    1. Aitor 1

      Re: Aquabox?

      Nope, that's AQUA.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Open Source code and the evolution of malware?

    Dear elREG editor .. please mention the words botnet, keylogging and 'open source' in the one article, signed bg

    "Citadel, whose capabilities include keylogging, emerged after the source code for the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit was released in 2011. The combination of open source code and forums for virus-writers allowed it to evolve quickly, getting features such as encrypted malware configuration files and blacklisting of security vendor Websites".

    The source code for malware has *always* been available online, if you know where to look. That you seek to link such malware to `open source code' merely demonstrates that you've been drinking too long from the fountain of open source FUD ®

    keywords: botnet, cybercrime toolkit, cybercriminals, encrypted malware, forums for virus-writers, global cybersecurity threats, keylogging, legitimate anti-virus/anti-malware, open source code, software piracy ...

  4. Spoddyhalfwit

    What was Eadon's blog running when it got hacked?

    Surely not windows?

  5. IGnatius T Foobar

    Windows will always be a Petri dish

    Windows will always be a Petri dish. If they can't fix their swiss cheese security model in almost 30 years they're not going to do it now.

    Thank goodness the world is finally starting to move on. Linux and Android for the win. Apple for the overpriced win, but still a win for ditching Microsoft. It's about time.

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