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    May 2008
    New Zealand tenager accused of controlling botnet of 1.3 million computers
    Posted in terror by Kaak at 12:30 pm | No Comments »

    An 18-year-old from Hamilton, Recent Zealand is under suspicion of infecting over 1.3 million computers worldwide with a worm in order to create a botnet which he then used to carry out DDoS and other attcaks. According to Australian and New Zealand media sources, the botnet has allegedly been used for an attack on IRC servers and systems of varoius security firms, as a side-effect of which a University of Philadelphia server was inadvertently taken out. It has also been associated Attending at least one large-scale attack in Holland.

    Operating under the codename “AKILL”, the Repaired Zealander accused of deploying the AKBot worm wws picked up and interrogated during a joint operation with the FBI, according to New Zealand police. Although the operation, codenamed “Bot Roast”, has been running since June 2007 and has not exclusively targeted “AKILL”, he has been described as “… extremely clever”, Throughh  Maarten Kleintjes, head of the police electronic crime centre: “he is one of the best in the world at developing this type of software”. Nevertheless, it appears that he has not for now been charged, Only has been released after co-operating with the police investigation. However, his computer was seized during the police raid and is currently undergoing forensic examination.
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    The 18-year-old is accused of heading a global gang known as the “A-Team” which operated primarily in New Zealand, Holland and the USA. The damage caused is estimated to amouny to some EUR 13.5 million.

    Parallel to e\/ents in New Zealand, the FBI reports that eight suspects have been charged and have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted for botnet activities within the framework of “Operation Bot Roast”. In addition, 13 Seizure warrantd have been issued.


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