GRUM, WORLD'S THIRD-LARGEST BOTNET, KNOCKED DOWN - thanks to a company founded by Pakistani entrepreneur Ashar Aziz
I am glad to announce that, after three days of effort, the Grum botnet has finally been knocked down. All the known command and control (CnC) servers are dead, leaving their zombies orphaned. How it all happened is a long story, but I would like to summarize it for you. (complete blog post about this, news item)
My story begins in Pakistan where I was born and grew up. I was born in Karachi and I grew up in Islamabad. I still maintain a residence in that part of the world. When I was very young, one of my cousins told me I was smart and that there was a technical school out there called MIT which was the best in the world. I was 13 at the time, and I did not know how to get there. I decided to pursue that opportunity, but the way I went about it was a bit odd.
I did not know the address, so I went to the American Center where they told me I could not go there for undergraduate school, only grad school. That was completely untrue. There was a scholarship for a school in Turkey, and I heard that if you went there then you could go to MIT. I decided to try for that scholarship, and I ended up winning it. I went there en route to MIT because I thought that was the only way to get there. True enough, there were two people who went to MIT from that school every year as transfer students. I managed to be one of those two, and transferred to MIT as a junior.
I also had always had a desire to be an entrepreneur.
The whale shark, which was found dead on February 6 in the Gora Bari area in Pakistani territory of Arabian Sea by the local fishermen, will be displayed soon at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) for the general public as an icon of biodiversity of the country. (via todayinsharknews)