Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills

Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills
Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills

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By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
12th October 2010

For the past three weeks, internet addresses belonging to Microsoft have 
been used to route traffic to more than 1,000 fraudulent websites 
maintained by a notorious group of Russian criminals, publicly 
accessible internet data indicates.

The 1,025 unique websites -- which include,, 
and -- push Viagra, Human Growth Hormone, and 
other pharmaceuticals though the Canadian Health&Care Mall. They use one 
of two IP addresses belonging to Microsoft to host their official domain 
name system servers, search results from Microsoft=E2=80=99s own servers show. 
The authoritative name servers have been hosted on the Microsoft 
addresses since at least September 22, according to Ronald F. Guilmette, 
a researcher who first uncovered the hijacking.

The Register independently verified his findings with other security 
experts who specialize in DNS and the take-down of criminal websites and 
botnets. By examining results used with an internet lookup tool known as 
Dig, short for the Domain Information Groper, they were able to 
determine that and -- which are both 
registered to Microsoft - are housing dozens of DNS servers that help 
convert the pharmacy domain names into the numerical IP addresses that 
host the sites.

The most likely explanation, they say, is that a machine on Microsoft's 
campus has been programmed to do so, probably after it became infected 
with malware.


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