NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, June 13, 2007

FBI Headline: Operation BOT ROAST Posted by Elda @ 18:31 GMT

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched an operation called Bot Roast that aims to disrupt botnet activities. This is a result of the growing botnet threat that lead to further security issues such as information theft, fraud, and e-mail scams. This ongoing operation has already charged several individuals with cyber-crimes and has identified about a million of compromised machines in the U.S. alone. In line with this operation, the FBI advises computer users not to directly contact the Bureau if they suspect that they have a computer infection. Instead, they ask users to contact their Internet Service Providers first as stated below:

"First, if you believe your computer has been compromised, do not call the FBI directly. You should contact your Internet Service Provider. They can help you determine if your computer has been infected, and what steps to take to restore it. We are not in a position to provide technical assistance."

Because of this news, we are now anticipating that Internet Service Providers will receive a lot of calls. Maybe it's best for computer users to install an antivirus product or to scan their computers with an online scanner first to check and identify if any Bot malware exists on their system.

F-Secure provides a free Online Scanner.

For more information about the Bot Roast Operation, check the FBI's site.