Microsoft brings an end to two Zeus botnet servers

Botnets have been a very big problem not only to those who they steal from but also to Microsoft.

These are networks of infected Windows PC’s being controlled by criminal gangs in order to steal from online banking accounts and leave you penniless.

The PC manufacturer has teamed up with the US Marshals and two financial services industry trade groups to orchestrate a raid on two Internet hosting companies: continuum Data Centers in Lombard, III., and BurstNet in Scranton, Pa.

Authorities were able to seize two command-and-control servers that they used to instruct the millions of PC’s that are infected and part of the Zeus botnet which is very massive.

The raid was the result of Microsoft’s civil lawsuit which can be considered as under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. They used the legal means and at the same time cyberforensics since 2010 to shut down these servers.

According to security evangelist ESET Stephen Cobb, “Microsoft has done the online world a great service by establishing a repeatable process and a legal framework for taking down botnets and bringing malware distributors to justice.”

Researcher at Sophos Graham Cluley added, “The last thing Microsoft want is for the prevalence of malware to be a reason for people to purchase their next computer from Apple.”


Pirate Bay to build robot drone planes to servers

It seems like people are going to the extremes just to avoid being caught by law enforcers.

In a report by Mashable, file-sharing mogul The Pirate Bay is warming up to the idea of building robot drone planes to host their servers in the sky. The company is looking for ways to avoid law enforcers from seizing their machines without doing anything that is overly aggressive such as shooting down the said planes in broad daylight.

The company’s website said, “We can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100 Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.”

The Pirate Bay said that this planes is going to “float some kilometers up in the air.”

The company has long been giving its users a collection of music and movie files, without any permission from the owners of those files. Developers of these website have tried to look for ways to avoid detection ever since authorities have been closely monitoring and have been trying to shut down these types of websites.

Can I Run Multiple Operating Systems on My Server?

Can I Run Multiple Operating Systems on My Server?

Can you imagine if you could only work with one application such as e-mail, word processing, or browser at a time? This would obviously be a radical impairment on our ability to work. The same holds true for operating systems and platforms. Restriction to one of these at a time is a needless hindrance, and now Dell virtualization provides a way to run Windows, Linux, Mac, and other operating systems on one server.
Dell virtualization software allows you to run more than one operating system on a server. Virtualizing can save money, time, energy, and space by using remote technology to accomplish a variety of tasks without being tied down to the physical contingencies of a physical server.
To install the software for virtualization, you boot up the server or computer, load the virtualization program, and install an operating system from the media you have. The main operating system will be called the host operating system; secondary platforms will be guests. Once the virtualization program is running, each operating system you install on your server will perform like a new, separate computer. You can do anything on the guest servers that you can do with the host. You can run programs, share files, and partition drive space. The litany of benefits of virtualization includes:
Consolidation of Servers – Your server infrastructure can be maximized without having to purchase additional hardware; resources can be used more efficiently.
Energy Conservation – The less servers you have, the less electricity you will use. It has been estimated that the energy costs associated with running servers are actually more than the cost of the servers.
Management Made Easier – Managing one physical server with more than one virtual server is easier than managing several physical units. Hardware upgrades can be done using a management console, which eliminates having to shut the server down, install the hardware, and restart the server. Servers can all be managed with the same console.
Reduction of Backup and Recovery Time – Backing up and restoring virtual machines is easier as well. Hard drives and other hardware failures will not affect virtual machines as they are restricted to their physical medium.
As you can see, virtualization is a smart, efficient way to make the most of your networking infrastructure.
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