Microsoft has reached a confidential settlement with Russian programmer Andrey Sabelnikov in a case stemming from the propagation of the Kelihos botnet.
Sabelnikov was the second defendant to be accused in Microsoft's Kelihos case. He was added to Microsoft's lawsuit following the discovery of additional evidence last January. His decision to settle closes the doors on Microsoft's lengthy Kelihos lawsuit.
Sabelnikov's settlement marks an anti-climatic end to the Kelihos case. Microsoft had previously accused the Russian programmer of the general charge of having written "code for and either created, or participated in creating, the Kelihos malware."
The St. Petersburg programmer denied the allegations earlier this year. Sabelnikov said in a blog post that he had no connection with the botnet and denied any wrongdoing.
Microsoft's settlement vindeicates Sabelnikov by saying that Sabelnikov wrote code used in the botnet but had nothing to do with the propogation of the code in general.
"Microsoft and St. Petersburg software programmer Andrey Sabelnikov have entered into a Settlement Agreement in the matter of Microsoft v Sabelnikov," Microsoft and Sabelnikov said in a joint statement.
"During the negotiations, after reviewing the evidence provided by Microsoft and engaging in discussions, the parties have come to an understanding that Mr. Sabelnikov wrote code that was used in the Kelihos botnet code, but the programmer is not the operator of the botnet or involved in its activities."
Microsoft's settlement marked another botnet take down for the company. Earlier this month the firm reached an agreement with a website linked to the Nitol botnet.
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