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PostPosted: 03/11/20 3:09 am    ::: botnet busted by microsoft Reply Reply with quote

A Botnet Is Taken Down in an Operation by Microsoft, Not the Government

WASHINGTON — Microsoft organized 35 nations on Tuesday to take down one of the world’s largest botnets — malware that secretly seizes control of millions of computers around the globe. It was an unusual disruption of an internet criminal group, because it was carried out by a company, not a government.

The action, eight years in the making, was aimed at a criminal group called Necurs, believed to be based in Russia. Microsoft employees had long tracked the group as it infected nine million computers around the world, hijacking them to send spam emails intended to defraud unsuspecting victims. The group also mounted stock market scams and spread ransomware, which locks up a computer until the owner pays a fee.



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PostPosted: 03/11/20 3:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Good stuff.



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