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Re: FBI tells the public to call their ISP for help

  • From: Roland Dobbins
  • Date: Wed Jun 13 18:37:59 2007
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On Jun 13, 2007, at 11:49 AM, Sean Donelan wrote:

BTW, 1 million compromised computers is probably a low estimate.

Besides the 'call your ISP for technical help' blunder, there's actually more useful info, believe it or not, in the press release linked in the article:


The FBI aren't claiming only 1 million infected machines, they're saying that this particular sweep involves up to a million botted hosts.

It seems to me that the larger inference is that law enforcement are taking the botnet problem more seriously, which is what a lot of folks in the operational community have been advocating for a long time. While one aspect of the messaging is questionable, it seems to me that active national-level LEO involvement in this problem-space would be welcomed by many.

It's just a first step, and those are always the hardest to take.

Roland Dobbins <[email protected]> // 408.527.6376 voice

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