The Mariposa effect

Pedro Bustamante Panda Security
Chris Davis Defence Intelligence

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In March 2010, it was announced that one of the largest botnets ever, called 'Mariposa', had been deactivated and the criminals running it had been arrested. The Mariposa botnet was discovered in May 2009 by Defence Intelligence. Some time later, the Mariposa Working Group (MWG) was created. In this talk, two representatives of the MWG, Chris Davis, CEO of Defence Intelligence, and Pedro Bustamante, Senior Research Advisor at Panda Security, will show how the botnet was being operated, how its operators were so successful in turning it into one of the biggest botnets ever, and how the investigation was carried out. Previously undisclosed details about the group behind Mariposa, DDP Team, will be revealed for the first time in this talk.


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