University Cleans Up Bots on Campus

    Date29 Mar 2007
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    The University of Missouri-Columbia was starting to get a reputation among the anti-spam community a year ago. Its zombified client machines were unknowingly spewing spam around the Internet, landing the university on several email blacklists.

    So the university's security and IT groups, who support some 28,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, decided to try blocking Internet Relay Chat (IRC) traffic -- the method most botnets use to control bot-infected machines.

    "We wanted to reduce complaints from outside about spam on our campus going out" and to remove the university from spam blacklists, says Allen Brokken, head of information security and account management at MU.

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