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NEWS - October 22, 2012

by Carol~ Moderator - 10/22/12 7:24 AM

Microsoft Settles With Kelihos Botnet Defendant, Says He Didn't Run the Network

Microsoft on Friday said it has reached a settlement with a Russian programmer it named as a defendant in a lawsuit related to the operation of the notorious Kelihos botnet. The company said that it no longer believes Andrey N. Sabelnikov was the operator of the botnet, but was instead responsible for writing some code that was later used by the botnet.

This is a departure from the company's earlier statements, which painted Sabelnikov as someone "responsible for the operations of the Kelihos botnet." After working with researchers at Kaspersky Lab and other organizations to take down the Kelihos bothet in the autumn of 2011, Microsoft amended its original complaint to include Sabelnikov as a defendant. The company alleged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in January that not only did Sabelnikov write some of the Kelihos code, but he helped run the botnet.

"In today's complaint, Microsoft presented evidence to the court that Mr. Sabelnikov wrote the code for and either created, or participated in creating, the Kelihos malware. Further, the complaint alleges that he used the malware to control, operate, maintain and grow the Kelihos botnet. .."

Continued : https://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/microsoft-settles-kelihos-botnet-defendant-says-he-didnt-run-network-101912

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