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Microsoft and Symantec Shut Down Botnet

Microsoft and Symantec Shut Down Botnet

Added: Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Microsoft and Symantec have finally disrupted a global cyber crime operation by taking down the servers which controlled the Bamital botnet. Microsoft explained that the move made it temporarily impossible for infected computers across the globe to search the Internet. In the meanwhile, both software giants offered free tools to clean computers through messages which were automatically pushed out to infected PCs.

After having obtained a court order, corporate techies from both outfits raided data centres in New Jersey and Virginia, together with the American federal marshals. According to Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, the specialists of both companies took control of one server in New Jersey and managed to persuade the operators of the Virginia data centre to close down a server at their parent company in the Netherlands.

The software giants estimate that there are between 300,000 and 1,000,000 computers infected with malicious Bamital software across the globe. The botnet hijacked search results and engaged in other schemes which Microsoft said fraudulently charge businesses for Internet advertisement clicks. In addition, its owners could take control of infected computers, install other types of malware which could engage in identity theft, and recruit computers into networks which attack sites.

After the botnet has been shut down, the owners of infected computers are directed to a website that informs them their PCs are infected with malicious software when they try to search the Internet.

Microsoft reminds that since 2010 this is the 6th time that the company has obtained a court order to disrupt a botnet. By the way, this one was a bit smaller than its previous takedowns. As for the security software developer, Symantec approached Microsoft almost a year ago, asking it to cooperate in attempts to take down the Bamital operation. After the servers can be analyzed, Symantec would learn more about the size of the operation.

The security experts believed that the ringleaders were scattered all over the globe, with the people behind the operation believed to originate from Russia, Romania, the UK, the US and Australia. The servers were registered under the bogus names, and Bamital redirected search results from Google, Yahoo and Bing to websites with which the creators of the botnet have financial relationships.

February 21st,2013

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Date:  Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-02-21 05:43:54)
No avatarhm.....is this what the FBI was wanting to do that they claimed would effect a lot of users? I just looked in to this and YEP just as I suspected...only certain ISP's would be effected. not necessarily there subscribers tho.but this trojan was manly meant to attack major business like these to that wanted it stopped. so I really dought anyone user would have got infected by this but some would loose internet as they would shut down internet servers. again there just trying to scare people.

posted by (2013-02-21 05:51:53)
giraffe avatarThanx for the article Sam. I loved the line "Symantec approached Microsoft almost a year ago, asking it to cooperate in attempts to take down the Bamital operation". To all the people who claimed that MS had the most secure OS out there- Please explain this article to me!

posted by (2013-02-21 06:04:34)
giraffe avatar@clamo Esecurityplanet states that there are 8million + computers infected and instances of searches taking users to fake anti virus sites which infect the host computer even more. I think people should be scared especially since MS ignored this for almost a year.

posted by (2013-02-21 11:34:12)
Atech avatarF botnet

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-02-21 19:33:00)
tonymengela avatarI use Ubuntu elusively, no worries here

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-02-22 01:02:17)
Embolism avatarMicrosoft have done the same sort of thing previously infecting their own computers and disrupting comms to contain and then remedying the problems with either retro worm payload or patches,another reminder of their licence and the fact that even if you pay 100`s of pounds or dollars they still have sole rights to the operating system even if it means they can hack you,trojan or virus you,etc,etc.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-02-22 01:06:44)
Embolism avatarFoundstone did a good write up in a chapter called Ethical Hacking whereby such exploits could be classed as acceptable,although personally I want my PC to be mine and not owned by anyone else.

posted by (2013-02-22 15:51:59)
No avatar@giraffe: yep MS windows is a pile O junk. but 8mill computers is just a small fraction of the amount of personal computers in the US. but I understand the concerns about the infections but all it boils down to is just a simple browser hijacking that the security software developers are soposta to take care of. MS isn't really responsible for not doing anything about it. I bet there is more to this than most users think to.

posted by (2013-02-22 17:15:23)
cggc avatarpre installed drivers or register can have it because MicroSoft update right away and detect after boot. why ibm sales for lenovo? if you used any linux OS beta in most cases or Windows 8 beta can give you how pc mistakes have and searching you use six sense when something it going where it no supposed it. experiment with beta browsers too. when you can't have Symantec for one week maybe some driver or some windows don't con genius right and downloads for fix made you mistake download what you not need.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-02-23 13:29:28)
Embolism avatarmm think i got where your coming from @cggc,the very fact that microsoft can get away with dropping worm payloads or retro virus onto millions of computers without the owners consent in regard to everything from WGA to conficker does have some very worrying implications and ethical concerns since they do so without contacting the owner or giving them any choice and such avenues are then targeted as weakness within the o/s since such avenues are then used by hackers as vulnerabilities as in the case of online support where the introduction of a non Microsoft virus has been recorded.As with all corporate America control seems to be at their discretion,so thanks to Linus Torvald for linux and Hans for Debian,

posted by (2013-02-24 02:20:36)
moviestud avatarAll the downloads from MS to protect PCs are watching you.

posted by (2013-02-24 02:29:31)
cggc avatardevelopers can play if mains like read hack websites where they have virus for attack others or send your self a virus to see if your antivirus works. most I thing antivirus companies like microsoft years ago maybe same today send virus they own to attack themselves and see if antivirus work. I check under windows and linux if the occasion of digging in to before because drivers don't let what pc coming for native windows have pictures of people or videos in updates of who knows who they are in side windows systems,windows 32 etc... if they use to others see joke of you while you surf or visiting websites.

posted by (2013-02-24 08:47:38)
cggc avatarattacks by it self while OS's installation maybe some linux or antivirus installation software configuration happened. needs speed eye like in dos configuration installation screen or and installation say wait.... .... for test by attack of john & jane doe virus. and after you search for see what was it.

posted by (2013-02-24 14:37:41)
No avatarThanks

posted by (2013-02-25 10:47:22)
Max_x2 avatar@cggc seen a couple posts from you... Is there any translation program that i have to use to decypher your posts? thx haha

posted by (2013-02-26 20:24:30)
PIPA avatarinfo good thanks sam

posted by (2013-02-26 23:13:49)
Drunken_Driver avatarI use to not like Symantec, until they upgraded the speed scan of their antiviruses and other products.
I believe these are the most 2 powerful companies out there and I thank them both to do the effort in stopping fake software and infections

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