Microsoft In Botnet Takedown
REDMOND: Software and services giant Microsoft and partners in 35 countries have linked up to bring down one of the largest global malware botnets known to date.
Called Necurs, the malware is believed to have infected more than nine million computers worldwide.
The takedown effort came after Microsoft and industry partners broke Necurs’ domain generation algorithm, a component that generates random domain names.
Necurs used generated domains to allow the botnet’s command-and-control servers to dispatch new commands to infected computers. The botnet forced one single Necurs-infected computer alone to send out nearly four million e-mails to more than 40 million victims.
The botnet was believed to be managed by Evil Corp, charged last year by US authorities over another attack.