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MicrosoftMicrosoft says about the “freeing” of two million computers of botnet Citadel

Microsoft says that earlier this month, the company has blocked the work of a large botnet Citadel, which allowed “to free” about 2 million computers worldwide. Previously, these machines have been infected with malicious software and used to steal more than $ 500 million from bank accounts.

“We definitely liberated more than 2 million PCs worldwide. This is a very conservative estimate,” – said Richard Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Digita Crimes Unit. “Most of the machines worked in the U.S., Europe and Hong Kong.” (more…)

MicrosoftAs part of a joint operation by Microsoft and the U.S. FBI blocked the work of botnet Citadel, which specialize in the theft of personal information and bank details.

At the same time, Microsoft warned that the size and complexity Citadel such that the operation is not likely to destroy Citadel allow 100%. The company also pointed out that some of the other botnets have been associated with the Citadel and in a joint operation could be affected by other botnets.

Botnets are networks of computers infected with malicious software, which is controlled by cyber-criminals and they are used, as a rule, to send spam, spread viruses, attack other computers and servers, as well as for other types of illegal IT activities for botnet operators. (more…)