For two years as a researcher with security company FireEye, Atif Mushtaq
worked to keep Mega-D bot malware from infecting clients’ networks. In the
process, he learned how its controllers operated it. Last June, he began

publishing his findings online
. In November, he suddenly switched from
de­­fense to offense. And Mega-D—a powerful, resilient botnet that had forced
250,000 PCs to do its bidding—went down.

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