FBI, Microsoft help take down massive global botnet

5 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CRTC uses anti-spam law to help FBI and Interpol ‘take down’ cyber attack server.

Microsoft said Thursday it aided law enforcement agencies in several regions to disrupt a four-year-old botnet called Dorkbot, which has infected one million computers worldwide. Working in “close collaboration” with agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Interpol, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Public Safety Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued a warrant to “take down a command-and-control server located in Toronto,” the CRTC said in a news release. Botnets, groups of computers infected with malicious code and controlled by a central user, can also be synchronized to perform so-called distributed denial of service attacks that overwhelm an Internet server by flooding it with requests. Microsoft says on its website that the latest versions of its security software, including Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials, can protect your machine from the Dorkbot malware as well as detect and remove it.

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