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Microsoft Pursues Botnet Herders Via Newspaper Ads 28

itwbennett writes "Although it is extremely unlikely that anyone associated with Rustock will step forward, Microsoft has taken out ads in two Russian newspapers to notify unnamed defendants in the legal suit. The move is a legal formality required as part of Microsoft's ongoing lawsuit in the U.S. against operators of Rustock. The advertisements will run for 30 days in the Delovoy Petersburg newspaper, located in St. Petersburg, and in The Moscow News, a daily newspaper, wrote Richard Boscovich, a senior attorney with Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit."
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Microsoft Pursues Botnet Herders Via Newspaper Ads

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  • So it's hard for me to take seriously the MS threat that it "may go through the Russian judiciary system (from TFA)".

  • This was done because of the legal formalities required in this type of situation. It says it in TFS.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

    • by foma84 ( 2079302 )
      I fail to see what is interesting in this story.
      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        Well is M$ doing this for publicity or are they serious. The reality is if they were really serious they would simply pay the bribes required to get things done. So the interesting part is how much effort is required to pursue criminals within Russia when they are committing crimes across international boundaries.

        Is it really acceptable that companies need to pursue these matters in such a circuitous manner or should more pressure be placed upon the country hosting the criminal enterprise to pursue a jus

        • Neither. They are doing it only because they are legally obligated to at least make an attempt to notify the defendants that they're being sued.

          They need to attempt to notify the defendants because then the defendants are legally obligated to show up on the court date. If they don't show, they'll automatically lose the lawsuit.

  • I am Spartacus!

    No, I am Spartacus!

    No, he's not -- I am Spartacus!

    I am Spartacus!

    No, I am Spartacus!

  • To go on trip to the forest and get shot in the head.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...I stopped at a red traffic light on my way to work today.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I was sitting there, minding my own business, when suddenly a woman ran up to my car from across the opposite car lane, opened the passenger door and got in. She then...

  • Botnet herder? Bah! Here is a pike herder [].

  • GO Microsoft!

    I think this is the first time I can truly raise my head up high when I say I use Microsoft products.
  • by Anomalyst ( 742352 ) on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @06:28PM (#36381038)

    Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit

    Ballmer has assigned an entire task force to commit crimes, why does that not come as a surprise?

    • by Skapare ( 16644 )

      Why do I envision an army of soldiers, all tightly aligned in square formation, wielding chairs?

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