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A while back, Paul Laudanski and I started PIRT, a volunteer group dedicated to taking down phishing sites. Paul later evolved PIRT to become MIRT — the Malware Incident Response and Termination group. MIRT broadens the activities of PIRT to the takedown of actual malware sites, along with sharing of malware samples with vetted security companies and researchers. (They also submit results to VirusTotal, and what they now have is a kind of running tally as to the effectiveness of antivirus engines against new threats.)

Well now RSA is putting together a service to charge for takedowns.

RSA people: Just give Paul a few more servers and volunteer some of your staff’s time… few do takedowns better than PIRT and MIRT.

Alex Eckelberry
(Hat tip to Donna)