Microsoft takes on global cybercrime epidemic in tenth malware disruption

Editor's Note: This blog post was updated with the following new information at 8 a.m. on July 9: On Monday, June 30, Microsoft filed a civil suit in a Nevada federal court to disrupt Bladabindi-Jenxcus, a pervasive family of malware that put millions of customers at risk. Today both Microsoft Corporation and Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, LLC…

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Microsoft helps FBI in GameOver Zeus botnet cleanup

The following post is from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. Following Monday’s multi-national action against the GameOver Zeus botnet, we’re pleased to announce that Microsoft, working closely with the FBI and industry partners, has taken action to remove malware, so that infected computers can no longer be used for harm….


ZeroAccess criminals wave white flag: The impact of partnerships on cybercrime

The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. Two weeks after Microsoft filed its civil case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the notorious Sirefef botnet, also known ZeroAccess, I am pleased to report that our disruption effort has been successful,…

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Microsoft, Europol, FBI and industry partners disrupt notorious ZeroAccess botnet that hijacks search results

The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. For the third time this year, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit has successfully disrupted a dangerous botnet that has impacted millions of innocent people. Today, we’re pleased to announce that Microsoft, in conjunction with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the…

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Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime

Call them “the zombies next door.” With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit crimes like identity theft, financial fraud, and worse. The scope is staggering. Half of online adults have been victims of botnets and other kinds of cybercrime…

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Weekend Reading: June 7th Edition – New Windows devices step into the spotlight at COMPUTEX 2013

This edition of Weekend Reading gives you insights from COMPUTEX 2013 and TechEd 2013, the big scoop about a cybercrime operation that stole half a billion dollars and a first for the “Halo” franchise. New Windows devices step into the spotlight at COMPUTEX 2013. COMPUTEX 2013 in Taipei is the second-largest computer exhibition in the…


Microsoft works with financial services industry leaders, law enforcement and others to disrupt massive financial cybercrime ring

The following is a post from Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. In our most aggressive botnet operation to date, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit worked with leaders of the financial services industry, other technology industry partners and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to disrupt a massive cyber threat responsible for…


Bamital Botnet Takedown Is Successful; Cleanup Underway

The following is a post by Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. Two weeks after Microsoft and Symantec’s collaborative takedown of the Bamital botnet, I’m pleased to report that the Bamital botnet remains offline. Additionally, since Microsoft was able to receive all of the computer traffic that had been connecting to…

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Microsoft and Symantec Take Down Bamital Botnet That Hijacks Online Searches

The following is a post from Richard Domigues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. As reported by Reuters earlier today, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, in collaboration with Symantec, has taken down the dangerous Bamital botnet which hijacked people’s search results and took them to potentially dangerous websites that could install malware onto their…

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Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Second Kelihos Defendant

Last September, I shared that Microsoft, Kaspersky and Kyrus Inc. took action against the Kelihos botnet, the first case in which Microsoft named a defendant in one of its civil cases involving a botnet. In January, based on new evidence in the case, Microsoft amended its original complaint and named Andrey N. Sabelnikov, a Russian…

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