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We’re glad to see that world governments took our advice from the Sunbelt Blog last week and started taking down botnets. (Right!)

Police in Spain have arrested three people and shut down the Mariposa botnet, which was thought to have controlled 12.7 million machines in nearly 200 countries. The three were all Spanish citizens. Police identified them only by their handles and ages: “netkairo,” 31; “jonyloleante,” 30 and “ostiator,” 25.

Researchers have been working on taking down the botnet for nearly a year, according to reports.

Story here: “Authorities dismantle botnet with 13 million infected PCs”

Tom Kelchner