: Microsoft has taken down a botnet known as Nitol, which utilized new PCs and laptops that were loaded with malware somewhere in the supply chain. This week, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia gave permission to Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit to take over the 3322.org domain and more than 70,000 sub-domains hosting the Nitol botnet. Microsoft started an investigation into supply-chain security in August and discovered the Nitol malware pre-loaded on computers built in China that were running counterfeit versions of the Windows operating system. It also found the 3322.org domain and sub-domains to be hosting more than 500 different pieces of malware, included keystroke loggers, denial-of-service capabilities, rootkits, backdoors and more. This is the second botnet taken down by Microsoft this year; in March, Microsoft disrupted parts of the Zeus botnet, a global network responsible for billions of dollars in bank fraud and identity theft.\n\n Not-So-Anonymous Activist Arrested During Online Chat Session: Barrett Brown, a spokesman for various Anonymous hacking operations, found out the hard way why you don\u2019t pull on Superman\u2019s cape: He was arrested in a raid Wednesday at his home while in the middle of an online chat. The arrest came shortly after the release of a YouTube video that featured Brown, entitled "Why I'm Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith Part Three: Revenge of the Lithe." In it he speaks of ruining the agent's life. Brown was taken into custody by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department shortly before 11 PM CT Wednesday. Thursday he was in the custody of the FBI. An attorney for Brown said he is being charged with threatening a federal agent.\n\n Aussie Attorney General Wants to Ban Nasty Comments on Twitter: This just in from our Nailing-Jello-To-The-Wall Department: Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon wants to give police greater power to address anonymous online abuse in social media. The move comes in response to outrage over some truly vile things that were directed at Rugby-league star Robbie Farah on Twitter about his mother, who recently died of cancer. A spokeswoman for Ms. Roxon said this type of behavior is \u201creprehensible\u201d and called on Twitter to identify users who break the law. \u201cTwitter should reveal the identities of the anonymous trolls who are breaking the law by abusing others online and cooperate with any police investigation to help reveal who these trolls are,\u201d the spokeswoman said. One question for Ms. Roxon: Which nation\u2019s laws govern the Internet?\n\nCute Is the New Faces of Cyber Evil: One of the basic rules of black-hat hacking is that it never hurts to use a pretty face to lure victims\u2013regardless of whether it\u2019s real or not. This week brought news that Emma Watson\u2013who has morphed from spunky Hermione Granger to gamine ing\u00e9nue\u2013and Anaru, a normal looking girl from Japanese anime, are both the preferred lures for tricking people into messing up their computers.\n\n\n\tWe know about Ms. Watson\u2019s unpaid role as cyber siren thanks to The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities\u2122 survey. (Isn\u2019t September a little early for the \u201cYear\u2019s Most Blah Blah Blah" lists? Apparently not.) The McAfee ploy to get free publicity allegedly \u201cdetermines which sites are risky to search for celebrity names on the Web and calculate an overall risk percentage.\u201d Ah, yet another "reliable" report from a security company.\n\nMeanwhile, Symantec says it found the\u00a0Android.Maistealer\u00a0malware, an app that steals contact details. The app promises to let users wiggle an Anime character\u2019s breasts when they are clicked on the screen, according to researcher Joji Hamada. The character is Naruko "Anaru" Anj? from the show Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. In the show the cute, spunky Anaru remains clothed. In the app her head has been superimposed on a naked torso. Clever.